Selecting a Major
Life is all about choices, and choosing your major in college is often a process that, with knowledge and experience, evolves over time. It is okay if you are undecided on a major, especially in your first year of college. Many students change their major approximately two to three times. Your first year of college is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore and identify areas of interest. Listed below are just a few of the various exploration activities that may help you in choosing a major:
- Enroll into General Education and/or Elective classes which may help you identify an interest.
- Enroll into Personal Development 110 Career Planning class
- Visit Santa Barbara City College’s Career Center
- Meet individually with a career counselor
- Explore Santa Barbara City College’s Career Center website
- Enroll in Work Experience 290 through the Career Center
Choosing a major is not a decision that should be made in two hours, two days, or even two weeks. Take the time to research all your options and keep an open mind. For example, take classes in the major and talk to your instructors about the different career and employment opportunities you can obtain after completing your college degree or certificate. You could also pursue internships or jobs where you obtain hands-on experience and conduct an informational interview of a professional in a particular career field.
If you start early, you will have plenty of time to research your options and find the career that is a good match with your interests and values.
With this in mind, please remember that you do not have to identify and select the one “perfect” major or career for yourself. There may be a few majors or careers that you find interesting. In addition, some majors are applicable to a variety of careers. For example, someone majoring in Psychology could pursue a career in personal counseling, social work, education, consulting, human resources, research, public relations, etc. Please view the following video:For a transcript of this video, please click here.
To explore recommended coursework for specific majors, please click on the following link.