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Choosing Your Major

We will do a couple of activities to get you moving and thinking about your major and your next four years here at SU!

First we will start moving around with an exercise called:

"Stand Up-Sit Down"

-Click here for the power point

-Next we will begin by giving you a pencil and notebook paper so you can take a quiz. The quiz is called:

"Celebrity Quiz"

Click here to start the quiz. Good luck!

Additional Resources to Help You Choose Your Major

  1. Click here for "What Can You Do With Your Major?"
  2. Career Counseling
  3. Webpage Resources
  4. Focus
  5. Mentor Network
  6. Make an Appointment/Part-time Jobs, Text Messaging/Facebook/etc.

Here's a list of things you can do to explore possible majors. Some are easier than others. Some may take an hour while others take a quarter. Some will work for you and some won't.

  1. Set specific goals. For example, "By the end of this quarter I'll attend information sessions for my top five majors, try to narrow to three, then meet with the department advisers for those majors."
  2. Work with advisers throughout the process.
  3. Look at the list of undergraduate majors.
  4. Attend some information sessions.
  5. Attend a "Choosing Your Major" workshop.
  6. Take a few introductory courses.
  7. Talk with department or college advisers.
  8. Talk with faculty in the major.
  9. Talk with students already declared in the major.
  10. Talk with a premajor adviser.
  11. Talk with a career counselor.
  12. Talk with family and friends.
  13. Get a job or an internship.
  14. Take the personality/preference tests offered at the Counseling Center.
  15. Do undergraduate research.
  16. Peruse some academic journals in your areas of interest.
  17. Go to an academic conference.
  18. Assess your academic strengths.

-What do you want to be when your grow up? Click here to take a look. Write down your 3 digit code.

-From the "Cross Off" Handout, cross off all the majors you KNOW you don't want.

-Below you can see what our majors are and the personality codes. Look at your 3 digit code and your "Cross Off" Sheet and try to continue to narrow your list from the "Cross Off" handout.

-Always remember you can do different careers with a particular major. Click here to see "Celebrity Majors." Take the quiz and see how good you are when you try to determine a major.

SU Majors and Personality Codes:

ACCOUNTING-CRS

ANTHROPOLOGY-IRE
ART-ASI
-Art Education-ASE
-Art History-AES
-Graphic Design-AES

ATHLETIC TRAINING-SRE
BIOLOGY-IRE
-Biology Education-SAE
-Botany-IRS
-Microbiology-IRS
-Zoology-IRE

BUSINESS -ESC
-Business Education-ESR

CHEMISTRY-IRE
-Biochemistry-IRE
-Chemistry Education-SAI

COMMUNICATION ARTS-EAS
-Journalism-EAS
-Film Production-AIR
-Mass Media-AES

COMPUTER SCIENCE-EIS
CONFLICT ANALYSIS-SEI
ECONOMICS-IAS
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION-SEC
ENGLISH-AES
-English Education-ASE

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE-IRE
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES-SEI
EXERCISE SCIENCE-IRE
FINE ARTS-ASI
FINANCE-ESR
-Financial Planning-ESR

GEOGRAPHY AND GEOSCIENCES-IRE
HEALTH EDUCATION SAE
HISTORY-SEI
-History Education-SAE

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES-IAR
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES-ESI
LAB SCIENCE/MED TECH-ISA
MANAGEMENT-IES
MANAGEMENT INFO SYSTEMS-IRE
MARKETING MANAGEMENT-ESC

MATHEMATICS-IER
-Math Education-SAE
-Statistics-IRE

MUSIC-ASI
-Music Composition-ASI
-Music Education-AES
-Music Composition-AES

NURSING-SIA
-Post RN-ISA

PHILOSOPHY-SAI
PHYSICAL EDUCATION-SER
-Outdoor Education-SRE
-Physical Education Teaching-SER

POLITICAL SCIENCE-SEI
-Applied Politics-SEI
-Environmental Policy-SIE

PSYCHOLOGY-SIE
RESPIRATORY THERAPY-IRS
SOCIAL WORK-SEC
SOCIOLOGY-IES

SPANISH-ASE
-Spanish Education-ASE

THEATRE ASE

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