Your academic area(s) of focus can be related to—but does not necessarily determine—your career path. Employers focus on areas of career readiness, specific skills, and other criteria far more than a candidate’s major or field of study.

The Mosaic: Beyond Your Area of Study

By the time you graduate, you’ll have earned much more than an academic degree. You will have developed a mosaic made up of experiences, skills, and knowledge about yourself, as well as earning a diploma.

Undergraduate Students: Choose or Change a Major

There is no one right answer for how to decide on a major. The goal is for you to be engaged in your academic program and to love that field, even if it is something that doesn’t seem connected to any career paths that interest you. If it is a subject you love, you will be happier, learn more, and do well in your coursework. And you will still gain skills and knowledge that will be applicable for whatever career path you follow.

Graduate Students: Supplement Academic Focus

Graduate programs are already focused so changing your academic focus may not be feasible. Instead, think about how you can supplement your program with additional coursework, experiential learning, and hands-on experience.

Next Steps

  • Attend a choosing a major workshop to get started. Check the calendar for upcoming sessions
  • Read more tips and advice on the blog
  • Meet with an academic advisor to discuss the academic requirements of the programs you are considering. Make an appointment at the CCD to discuss the decision-making process, possible career paths, and building an action plan for evaluating your choices.