12.3 Choosing Your Major

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how your major is important to your career.
  2. Understand why majors are not important to a career.
  3. Practice skills for selecting a good major.

Choosing a college major can have a big impact on your career choices, especially if you are following a technical or vocational program of study. After all, it’s hard to become a pharmacist if you study computer networking. But students often get too anxious about choosing a major or program of studies. Certainly many two-year students have a very clear idea of what they are studying and the job they expect to land after completing their degree, and you probably feel confident enough in your choice of program of study to make the investment for tuition in that program. But there is no need to panic over your choice of major or program of studies:

While these thoughts might remove some of the stress of making the choice, there is no doubt that it is not always easy to make your choice. The following tips may make it a little easier…and perhaps fun!

Key Takeaways

  • There is no need to panic over the choice of a major or program of studies.
  • Most students will change their major during their college years.
  • Many people work and have successful careers in disciplines they did not major in.

Checkpoint Exercises

  1. How is your choice of major important? Why do you want to be sure you do a good job selecting one?


  2. What are some of the reasons you should not panic over the choice of major?