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Ten Steps to Help You Choose a Major at SU

Steps

Contrary to popular belief, most career fields do not require a specific major. In fact, the majority of employers who recruit on campus or on-line through eRecruiting, Salisbury University’s employer database, advertise their job openings across all SU’s major fields.

There are some exceptions, namely those majors categorized as pre-professional--career fields requiring certifications or licenses, such as Nursing, Education, Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology, Accounting, Engineering, Athletic Training, Environmental Health, and Respiratory Therapy.

Since most college majors don’t offer specific preparation for a single type of work, your choice of major is only one factor in determining your future job prospects and career path. The skills you acquire through your coursework, and the career-related experience you acquire through internships, volunteering, participation in on-campus activities, travel and study abroad, on and off-campus employment, undergraduate research, and service learning opportunities, are often more important to employers than your major.

Ten Action Steps to Help you Choose a Major

  • Consult the University course catalog to find the courses you like best, and then go to this Career Services website to see what can you do with that major.
  • Conference with your academic advisor about various options.
  • Talk by e-mail to an alum who has majored in your target field via Salisbury’s eRecruiting Mentor Network.
  • Enroll in an introductory course in your prospective major to see if you like it or consult the course syllabus and browse course textbooks at the campus bookstore.
  • Join a student club (or at least attend a few meetings) related to your prospective major, such as the American Marketing Association, the Medical Careers Club, the Spanish Club, the Social Work Club, or the Philosophical Society.
  • Complete an online career interest inventory in Career Services to help you pinpoint your area of interest. Make an appointment with a Career Services professional to guide you as you move toward a decision.
  • Research occupation information. Check to see what books are available in the Career Services Library.
  • Volunteer your time to test the waters in a particular career path.
  • Find a career- related summer or part-time job to help you test out your “major” decision.
  • Interview or shadow a professional in a related field.
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