Academic and Career Advising
Undecided about your major?
You are not alone!
- You may be ahead of most of your peers who have already chosen their majors because you are probably more honest with yourself.
- Be curious about a wide range of possibilities & keep an open mind as you explore your future.
You must get involved in your own educational process.
An advisor will help you.
How to Start
- Decide as early as possible to avoid extending the time to complete your degree.
- Read the SLCC General Catalog for descriptions of different majors.
- Choose from General Education courses that can be used in many different majors. For example: literature, communications, philosophy, psychology, computers, marketing & foreign languages.
- Narrow your choices of major to 2 or 3, then schedule some very specific courses in those majors.
- Choose a major you love! You will enjoy your classes and your college experience more fully, which may result in a higher GPA.
- Learn as much as possible by interviewing those who have jobs that appeal to you. “Shadow” someone on the job for a day in a work setting you would consider as a major. Apply for an internship or summer job in a field you are interested in through Co-operative Employment. Get involved through volunteer work by going to the Thayne Center at Redwood, College Center Building. Room. 236. Talk with your instructors.
- Whatever you do, do not be discouraged if you are undecided. REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT LOST…YOU ARE EXPLORING!
Tips for Choosing Your Major
- Eliminate all areas of study you are absolutely not interested in.
- Take a Career Clues Workshop-a free, one hour, one-time, class for those who are undecided. Available at Redwood Campus in the College Center Bldg., Room 242
- Don’t choose a major for the wrong reasons. This decision should be based on your own unique abilities, talents and interests.
- Spend some time on self-assessments. Clarify your interests, abilities and values.
- Take CHOICES- a free skills & interest inventory available on the computers with a CHOICES icon at Sandy Campus, South City and Redwood.
- Take the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey ($25) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ($25).
- Gather information on possible careers and how they relate to an academic major. Check out SLCC’s Career Library at the Redwood Campus, College Center Building, Room 242.