Choose a Major

Choosing a major is a process that requires you to determine your interests, research possibilities, talk to students and faculty, and finally, make a decision. Sometimes, major exploration will include career exploration to help make a decision. View our resources for career exploration.

Determine Your Interests

When you can articulate your interests and find a career that incorporates those interests, you will be happier and more motivated in your career.

Ask yourself the following:

  • What do I like to do in my free time?
  • When I pick out a magazine, which magazines do I look at first?
  • What/who do I follow on social media?
  • What are my favorite classes? Why?
  • What do I find boring?
  • What occupations have captured my interest?

Narrow Down Your Options

Once you have a stronger idea about the areas that interest you, put together a list of 3–5 majors that you would like to research more in depth.

Begin by visiting the list of APU majors or the current APU Undergraduate Catalog.

Research Your Options

Now that you have 3–5 majors of interest, take time to review those options in the Undergraduate Catalog. Look at the courses you have to take for those majors, are they interesting to you?

As you read through your options, keep in mind that some majors are also offered as minors and you might be able to combine two majors of interest.

Talk to Faculty and Students

Take time to reach out to the faculty and students in your majors of interests to get the inside scoop about the major, classes, and opportunities.

Make a Decision

At this point, if you have completed the steps above, you should have a good idea of the major you want to pursue. If you need to discuss this process or have any questions, please set up an appointment to meet with a Career Consultant.

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