Major Decision: Finding Your Academic Path

Decision Ahead

With course registration upon us, many students are turning their attention to the topic of majors.  Some have declared a major but may be reconsidering it, and others have explored different topical areas by taking a diverse array of classes but still aren’t sure which major is right for them.  So at a University that offers over 100 majors (and even more in minors), how do you find your academic fit?

The University of Vermont Career Services website has some good tools for the exploration, but these are only one part of your toolkit.  There’s a whole community of resources available to you as you make this decision, and it’s important that you gather as much information as you need to make your choice comfortably before settling.  Here are some ideas:

  • Start with self-exploration
  • Peruse the list of majors offered at UVM
  • Learn more about the ones you’re interested in in the University Catalogue
  • Set-up meetings with faculty and student services staff to talk more about particular major(s) of interest
  • Continue taking classes in subject areas that excite you
  • Talk to a career counselor during Drop-In Hours:
    -Mondays – Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm (L/L E-140)
    -Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (Rosa Parks Room, Davis Center)

It’s important to enjoy the process of choosing a major.  It can be stressful at times, but remember that college is a great time for exploration.  As Joseph Campbell once said, “The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty ‘yes’ to your adventure.”

~Ashley Michelle

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