Choosing a Major/Minor
Reaching a decision regarding your major can be a daunting task. Here are a few things
to help you along the way.
Who gets to determine your future? You do!
While there are a few careers out there that require specialized education such as
engineering, nursing, and accounting, you still get to choose the direction of your
career. Your major is just one step in the beginning of your professional journey.
Check out these Tech alumni and the out-of-the-box careers they discovered with their
personal talents and their degree:
Logistics Agent, History/Political Science major
Senior Buyer, Spanish major
Human Resources Manager, Speech major
Director of Technology, Graphic Design major
University Librarian, Biology major
Software Developer, Hospitality major
Pursue a major where you will succeed.
You are more likely to do your best in a subject you enjoy studying. This does not
necessarily mean you have to pick the less challenging classes, but you should choose
a subject that you don't mind studying for four years. Having a better GPA can provide
more opportunities for internships and full-time employment after graduation as well!
Do your research.
This is your choice, so take the time to make an educated decision. Think about what
you would like to learn and which skills you would like to develop through your courses.
It is important to consider your future goals as well as factors like salary and work
environment that will turn a career into a good fit for you.
Here are a few ways that you can explore majors in more depth:
- Take all four of the FOCUS 2 Self-Assessments.
- Set up a meeting with a career counselor to discuss your options.
- Read through the academic requirements for Tech's majors in the catalog.
- Talk to professors about what you would like to accomplish.
- Chat with friends about their classes in that major.
- Reach out to Tech alumni through LinkedIn.
- Take a general education/introductory course in that major to try it out.
If you need to talk to someone about credits or program requirements for your major,
please contact the Roy and Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center to set up an appointment.
Possible majors to consider:
Business Data Analytics
Creative Writing Education
Criminal Justice (AS)
Culinary Management (AAS)
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education (AS)
Economics and Finance
Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Foreign Langue Education
General Studies (AA)
Health and Physical Education
Health Information Management
Information Technology (AAS)
Life Science and Earth Science Education
Management and Marketing
Middle Level Education
Nuclear Technology (ASNT)
Ozark-Ouachita Studies (AS)
Physical Science and Earth Science Education
Recreation and Park Administration
Social Studies Education