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Selecting a College Major

What is a Major?

In order to get a degree from Foothill College or any univeristy, you will need to declare a major. A college major is a concentrated area of study intented to help you acquire specialized knowledge about a particular subject.

Steps for Selecting a Major

1. Self-Assessment

  • Select a career that aligns with your values, skills abilities and life goals.
  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What academic classes do you like?
  • What is important to you?
  • What motivates you?
  • What are you good at?

2. Explore

  • Make a list of majors that you are interested in pursuing.
  • Research the majors, utilizing web resources (see available resources).
  • Research which schools and universities offer your major.
  • Consider selecting general education courses in areas that you are interested in exploring further.
  • Talk with professionals the the career areas you are pursuing.

 3. Evaluate

  • Narrow dow your list to three possible majors.
  • Align your majors to your academic strengths, abilities ad values.
  • Evaluate the pros and cons for each major.

 4. Develop an Action Plan

  • Be proactive when researching your major.
  • Plan an informational interview.
  • Get involved in extra curricular activities and internships aligned with your major.

 5. Act

  • Meet with your counselor to discuss your options and to create an educational plan to include general education and major preparation.

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