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:
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
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.
Meeting with an Academic Adviser
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.
sure what questions you should ask an adviser? Click on this link to 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
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: