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Ch 3: Declaring Your Major in College: Considerations and Timing

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Use the video lessons in this chapter to guide you through the process of selecting and declaring a major. Our counselors discuss campus resources, program requirements and more to help you make a well-informed decision.

Declaring Your Major: Chapter Summary

Researching career and program options might have made you aware of just how many majors you have to choose from, but picking the right one can be a challenge. Let our guidance counselors show you how to explore your options, compare programs and make the most of your early years of enrollment. This chapter includes lessons on:

Exploring Your Options

Let us help you make the most of campus resources, such as career centers, academic advisors and alumni groups, when exploring your program options. You can also look into prerequisites as well as course and internship requirements for degree programs in your area of interest. Our guidance counselors also walk you through the process of determining whether or not a double major would be worth the extra time, effort and possibly tuition in the long run.

Deciding When to Declare

Choosing a major is an important decision, but remaining undeclared through your first few semesters of college could work to your advantage if you're still undecided on a field of study. Find out how you can use this time to explore your options while still fulfilling general education requirements for your degree. Our guidance counselors also familiarize you with some of the pitfalls associated with waiting too long to make this decision. You must declare your major in a timely fashion to finish your program on time. We'll even provide you with tips you can use to avoid changing majors.

Choosing a School

If you've already decided on a field of study, learn how to find colleges and universities offering the major you want and get tips for comparing factors, like class size, faculty and study abroad opportunities, across different schools. We can also help you determine whether you should go with your second choice of major if your top school choice doesn't offer the one you want, or opt to enroll in a different school altogether.

9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Declaring Your Major in College: Considerations and Timing
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When Should I Declare My Major?

1. When Should I Declare My Major?

Choosing a major can be a difficult decision, especially if others are pressuring you to make a decision. The important thing is to choose the major that is right for you. This lesson will give you suggestions on how to make a career decision.

What Does a Degree Program Really Entail?

2. What Does a Degree Program Really Entail?

Many students are confused about what a degree program is. This lesson will provide information about the degree program, what it consists of, and where it came from.

How to Find Colleges With the Major You Want

3. How to Find Colleges With the Major You Want

How do I choose a college? The answer to that question is multi-faceted, but one aspect worth considering is whether a college offers the major you want to study. Watch this lesson to find out how to find colleges that offer your major.

How to Graduate On Time If You Start College as 'Undeclared'

4. How to Graduate On Time If You Start College as 'Undeclared'

Many students come to college as undeclared majors. They feel pressured to make a decision quickly. This lesson will address when you should declare a major. The lesson will discuss how the general education curriculum gives the student time to choose a major once they get to college.

Supplementing Your Major: Double Majors and Minors

5. Supplementing Your Major: Double Majors and Minors

More students are opting to double major or have minors in college as a means to be more marketable in the workforce. This lesson will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to double majors and minors, and some possible alternatives.

Should You Expect to Change Majors?

6. Should You Expect to Change Majors?

Many students come to college not having chosen a major and feeling pressured to choose one. Most college students will change their majors, even those who declared a major early. This lesson explains the advantages of an undecided major and how to choose a major.

How Majors Can be Different at Different Schools

7. How Majors Can be Different at Different Schools

Program offerings can vary from school to school. This lesson explores the reasons why different colleges offer different majors and provides tips for finding a school with a major you want to pursue.

Campus Resources That Can Help You Choose a Major or Degree

8. Campus Resources That Can Help You Choose a Major or Degree

Are you having difficulty choosing a major or career? As a new college student, you will find that there are campus resources available to help you make that choice. This lesson will give you information on how to get started.

What to do When Your Top Choice School Doesn't Offer Your Major

9. What to do When Your Top Choice School Doesn't Offer Your Major

In choosing a college to attend, sometimes we find that the our top choice college does not have our major. This lesson looks at factors to consider as we make the final decision between college and major.

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