How To Pick A College Major
After receiving their college acceptance letters in the mail, most students want to know how to pick a college major. You should think carefully when you pick your college major, because it will determine how you spend your time for the next four years. But don't feel too much pressure—many students major in one subject, then work in a different field after college graduation.
- Think about what you enjoy learning. For example, if math was your favorite subject throughout high school, you might want to major in math. But don't pick a college major based on your high school experience alone. Take into account your interests outside of class, and explore possible majors in subjects that your high school didn't offer.
- Read your college's course catalogue. The catalogue will list all the courses for each major, so you can get a feel for each major's academic program. Pay attention to course prerequisites; some colleges will require you to take courses in other fields before you enroll in your major's advanced courses. Take this information into account when you pick a college major.
- Ask your relatives and friends for their ideas. You wouldn't want to hand over this important decision to someone else, but it can be valuable to have input from people who know you well. Ask your friends and family what majors they think you should investigate.
- Consider the option of double majoring. If you have trouble narrowing down your choices when you try to pick a college major, double majoring could be right for you.