Choosing a major is a necessary part of your college experience. With over 70 majors there is a lot you can explore.
What is a major?
A major is an area of academic concentration; time spent learning a subject area in depth. An L&S major comprises approximately 1/4 of your overall degree. Although majors are important, keep in mind that the major does not define your career, instead your related experiences will help to make your major and overall L&S degree fit your career.
Additional L&S department endorsed career resources.
How to Choose a Major?
Take the first steps in deciding on a major by researching the majors.
Visit department websites, attend the Majors Fair or review the information listed for each major in the Undergraduate Catalog.
If you are undecided/exploring majors consider visiting the Career Exploration Center to speak with a career advisor that specializes in major exploration.
How to Declare a Major in L&S?
Each major has a different process for declaring. For specific requirements and procedures to declare your major, check with your assigned academic advisor or the advising staff for the department in which your intended major is housed.
NOTE: Some majors are have limited enrollment, while other have strict pre-requisites.
A Letters & Science degree provides a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers fields. The following links provide excellent resources on career options for your specific major and the L&S degree.
Researching Career Options
|What Can I Do With A Major In...||The information outlines common career areas students enter with this major, typical employers that hire students in this field and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. (University of Tennessee)|
|What Can I Do With A Major In…||Similar to the University of Tennessee site with a slightly different list of majors. (University of North Carolina-Wilmington)|
|CareerLocker||Login to MyUW "Work Record" tab|
|Majors Resource Kit||University of Delaware|
|Occupational Outlook Handbook||U.S. Department of Labor|
|O*Net||National Center for O*Net Development|
|Career Stories||Real-World Career Descriptions, Advice and Tips|
|Career Videos||1/2 hour videos feature a live, interactive exchange between professionals and students (select a topic area of interest)|
Self assessment will help you to begin to identify your likes and dislikes, personality type, interests, skills and values. Through research (both online and by speaking with professionals in careers of interest), and by taking career assessments you can identify potential career goals that fit with your preferences.
The Career Exploration Center offers individual advising on the following assessments:
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Strong Interest Inventory
Visit the Career Exploration Center if:
- You are unsure about what to major in and discussing careers would help with your decision
- You want assistance in identifying your personality type, values, skills and interests to help discover what could be good career and major options for you
Visit L&S Career Services if:
- You have some ideas for careers that you want to start testing through internships and connecting to alumni/employers to learn more about the fields
- You want assistance with identifying your personality type, values, skills, and interests to help discover what could be good career and major options for you
- You need assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewing and preparing for interactions with alumni and employers
Questions? Call L&S Career Services at 608-262-3921.