As you may know, SDSU has implemented some new admissions policies for the fall 2010 term. One of which is that first-time freshmen will be admitted based on the pre-major they list on their admission application. We know it can be hard enough narrowing down the school you’d like to attend, and choosing a major can sound overwhelming. But don’t worry, there are many tools and resources that can help you choose a major that is the right fit.
Know what you like
College is a time to create your own education journey. So don’t just choose for the convenience or potential salary, make you major your own. First, get an idea of what you want to do. Write down your interests, hobbies and possible career goals. Try utilizing the Interest or Work Importance profilers to see what fits your personality. This process will help you figure out what is going to make you happy and keep you interested in class. Also, if you want to take a more practical route in your major decision, consider declaring a minor after you get to SDSU in something you’re passionate about such as dance or international studies.
Do your research
Each program at SDSU has a lot to offer so narrow down your search and really check things out. Visit the Academic Programs page for in depth overviews about program curriculum, career opportunities, and highlights about the major. You may also want to contact the major department via phone or through their Web site to get more information about a program. Another good resource is the SDSU Career Services Connecting Majors to Careers Web site which gives you a range of ideas for careers within each major.
Keep an open mind
You may have known what you wanted to do since before you entered elementary school, but college is the time to take a step back and explore a few options. SDSU offers 84 bachelor’s degrees so there is a lot to choose from. Take a bit of time to explore some of the features associated with various programs you may have never considered. You never know when you might find the dream major you didn’t even know existed.
Declaring your pre-major may seem like a life altering step, but don’t get too worried. Giving yourself some idea of the direction you want is going to help you out tremendously, but if you’re not sure yet don’t pressure yourself into anything. Finding the right fit will come along soon enough – just keep an open mind and gather all the facts.
~ Desiree Roughton, Communications Student Assistant, Enrollment Services