Choosing your major can be a difficult step in your academic career, but finding out how to use your major is a whole different hurdle to cross. Look here [four year college plan pdf.] for guides on how to pick and apply your major.
»Choosing and Using Your Major
+-Choosing Your Major Checklist Guide
The Career Development Center offers career counseling to assist you in choosing a major, but before you utilize these services follow this simple checklist to make sure prepared to speak with your counselor.
- Scan the list of majors listed in your Chapman catalog.
- Mark those majors that are appealing, even if you aren't sure what they are. Use your gut reaction and resist the temptation to eliminate majors because they aren't "practical."
- Look for patterns of interests. Do all the majors seem to be in a particular school? Do they share common characteristics? This can help you identify patterns within your academic interests.
- Read about the majors in the catalog. Do the classes sound interesting? This is a very important step because your idea of what that major is about may be very different than reality.
- Create a list of 3-5 majors you would like to explore.
- Utilize our "What You Can Do With Your Major" section below to read about your preferred majors.
- If you are still interested in the major, talk to other students who are in that major and faculty who teach the classes.
- Skim books that describe the occupations of people in that major. The Career Development Center has a career library with books that can be checked out. You can also use the Occupational Outlook Handbook found at www.bls.gov.
- Consider combining your interests by double majoring or having a major and a minor.
- Get an internship or part-time job in a field that's related to your major. This can be a great way to confirm that the major is right for you.
+-What Can You Do With Your Major
Sometimes the most difficult connection is the one between your major and your future career. This is a list of Chapman University majors and the career choices compatible with them. Remember that this is a general list, there is not and end all be all guide of what you have to do with a specific major. Many people get degrees in majors that are not related to their career field, but this is a great start off point when looking for a career related to your major.