Exploring Majors

 

Accounting Advertising Agribusiness Management Agriculture and Natural Resource Communications Agriculture and Natural Resources-No Preference Agriscience American Studies Ancient Studies Animal Science Anthropology (BA) Anthropology (BS) Apparel and Textile Design Art Education Arts & Letters-General Astrophysics Audiology and Speech Sciences Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Biotechnology Biological Science Interdepartmental Biosystems Engineering Botany Building Construction Management Chemical Engineering Chemical Physics Chemistry (BA) Chemistry (BS) Child Development Civil Engineering Clinical Laboratory Sciences Communication Composition and Music Theory Computational Chemistry Computational Mathematics (BS) Computational Mathematics (BA) Computer Engineering Computer Science Criminal Justice Crop and Soil Sciences Dietetics Earth Science Interdepartmental East Asian Languages and Culture Economics (BA) Economics (BS) Education Electrical Engineering Engineering Arts Engineering Mechanics Engineering-No Major English Entomology Environmental Biology/Botany Environmental Biology/Microbiology Environmental Biology/Zoology Environmental Economics and Policy Environmental Geosciences Environmental Soil Science Environmental Studies and Applications Family and Consumer Sciences Family Community Services Finance Fisheries and Wildlife Food Industry Management Food Science Forestry French General Business Administration-Prelaw General Management Geography (BA) Geography (BS) Geological Sciences Geophysics German History History of Art Horticulture Hospitality Business Human Biology Human Resource Management Humanities-Prelaw Interdisciplinary Humanities Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - No Major Preference Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Community Relations (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Environmental Policy (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Health Studies (BA) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Health Studies (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Human Aging (BA) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Human Aging (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Human Resources and Society (BA) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Human Resources and Society (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - International Studies (BA) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - International Studies (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Law and Society (BA) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Law and Society (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Public Policy Studies (BA) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science - Public Policy Studies (BS) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science -Community Relations (BA) Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science -Environmental Policy (BA) Interior Design James Madison College Jazz Studies Journalism Kinesiology Landscape Architecture Latin Linguistics Lyman Briggs School Marketing Materials Science and Engineering Mathematics (BA) Mathematics (BS) Mechanical Engineering Medical Technology Merchandise Management Microbiology Music Music Education Music Performance Music Therapy Natural Science-No Major No Preference Nursing Nutritional Sciences Packaging Park, Recreation and Tourism Resources Philosophy Physical Science Interdepartmental Physics (BA) Physics (BS) Physics and Geophysics Physiology Plant Pathology Policy and Applied Economics (BA) Political Science (BA) Political Science-Prelaw Predental Premedical Prenursing Preoptometry Preveterinary Psychology (BA) Psychology (BS) Public Administration and Public Policy Religious Studies Russian School Music - No Major Social Work Sociology (BA) Sociology (BS) Spanish Special Education-Deaf Education Special Education-Learning Disabilities Statistics (BA) Statistics (BS) Studio Art (BA) Studio Art (BFA) Supply Chain Management Telecommunication Theatre Urban and Regional Planning Veterinary Technology Women's Studies Zoology (BA) Zoology (BS)

The next step in the process of choosing a major is gathering information. In order to make any type of informed decision, you need information. You will be gathering two types of information at this stage - information about majors and information about careers. Start with the major information first. The following are some ways of starting to gather and assess information about potential majors:

 

1.  Marathon of Majors

The Marathon of Majors is sponsored by UUD. Mark your calendars for this event that is usually held the third Thursday in November and third Thursday in March. Attending the Marathon of Majors is a good way to meet many advisers in one place; advisers and other representatives from all the colleges are available at the Marathon of Majors. Pick up handouts from the majors that interest you and bring your questions for the advisers.

 

 

2.  Researching Majors

at MSU

 

You can begin your search for a major by reviewing the complete List of Majors offered at MSU. There are over 150 majors; that's quite a list from which to choose. Cross off those colleges and majors that you definitely know would not be a good fit for you.  Don't cross off a major just because you don’t recognize that academic field.  Look up the description of the major to see if it is a field that might interest you.  Using this strategy of Process of Elimination, you will be left with a more manageable list of choices.

Another excellent place to get information on the myriad programs at MSU is by using the online Academic Programs Catalog. Here you can find a complete current list of all undergraduate majors, minors, specializations and teaching minors. Many of the listings for major requirements are also directly linked to Degree Navigator so that you can see your progress toward the completion of a specific major's degree program.

 

3.  Meeting with an Academic Adviser

When you have narrowed down your choice of majors, begin talking to academic advisers.  A good place to start is with your UUD adviser who can give you an overview of the many different areas that you may be considering.  Once you are seriously considering a particular major, however, you should talk to an academic adviser in that specific field.

Not sure what questions you should ask an adviser? Click on this link Major Q's Checklistto review the Major Qs Checklist before talking to an adviser.  This checklist will also help you evaluate the fit between the majors you are considering and the results of your Self-Assessment activities.

 

 

4.  Exploring Majors Websites

 

There are many websites outside of MSU that can assist you in your task of beginning to explore majors.  Here are some that you will find helpful: