How to Choose a Major
It’s important to pick a major that matches your interests. There are a lot of different factors that go into choosing a job, and your major helps you prepare for your career. ACT research tells us a lot about the connection between what interests you and your chosen major. We’ve found that when you choose a major that matches your measured interests, you are more likely to:
- Remain in your major
- Stay in college
- Complete your degree in a timely manner
Remaining in your major means you won’t lose time or money by having to take additional classes in a newly chosen course of study. When you’re interested in what you’re studying, you are more likely to stay the course and stay in college. As a result, you have a better chance of completing your degree on time.
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Major:
- Does the major match my interests?
- Does this major prepare me for the career I want to have?
- What college courses would I typically take for the major?
- What will I learn?
- What degree types are available to me?
- What are the typical jobs available with my planned level of education?
- What specialties are within the major?
- What high school courses can help me prepare for the major?
- What type(s) of schools offer the major?
- What are some related majors?