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M5S3College MajorsM5S3 College Majors is a derivative of “College Majors” from “College Success” byLinda Bruce provide by Lumen Learning and licensed underCC BY 4.0.“M5S3 CollegeMajors is licensed underCC BY 4.0byIRSC.You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourselfany direction you choose. You’re on your own.And you know what you know. AndYOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.—Dr. Seuss, children’s authorSelecting a MajorIn the United States and Canada, your academic major—simply called “your major”—isthe academic discipline you commit to as an undergraduate student. It’s an area youspecialize in, such as accounting, chemistry, criminology, archeology, digital arts,or dance. In United States colleges and universities, roughly 2,000 majors are offered.And within each major is a host of core courses and electives. When you successfullycomplete the required courses in your major, you qualify for a degree.Where did the term major come from? In 1877, it first appeared in a Johns HopkinsUniversity catalogue. That major required only two years of study. Later, in 1910, AbbottLawrence Lowell introduced the academic major system to Harvard University duringhis time as president there. This major required students to complete courses in aspecialized discipline and also in other subjects. Variations of this system are now thenorm in higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada.Why is your major important? It’s important because it’s a defining and organizingfeature of your undergraduate degree. Ultimately, your major should provide you withthe knowledge, skills, attitudes, and/or behaviors you need to fulfill your college goalsand objectives.In this section we look at how to select your major and how your college major maycorrelate with a career. Does your major matter to your career? What happens if youchange your major? Does changing your major mean you must change your career?Read on to find out!1
How to Select Your College MajorSelecting your major is one of the most exciting tasks (and, to some students, perhapsone of the most nerve-wracking tasks) you are asked to perform in college. So manydecisions are tied to it. But if you have good guidance, patience, and enthusiasm, theprocess is easier. Two videos, below, present lighthearted looks undertaking this task.In the first one, the following five tips are discussed:1. Seek inspiration2. Consider everything3. Identify talents and interests4. Explore available resources5. In-depth career explorationTo watch this video, click here:The next video shares nine tips:1.Narrow your choices by deciding what you don’t like.2. Explore careers that might interest you. Ask questions.

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