Gathering Information About MAJORS
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 NSSC. 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.
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.
When you have narrowed down your choice of majors, begin talking to academic advisers. A good place to start is with your NSSC 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 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.