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UNIV 237 Class #3: 9/18

University Studies 1: Fall 2012

Ann Mansfield

on 17 July 2014

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Transcript of UNIV 237 Class #3: 9/18

Nourishing Curiosity
in the Quest for a Major
Learning Outcomes
discuss, and reflect on possible majors
Identify and understand your personal values, skills, and interests
Steps and resources to help begin your major exploration
People Represented in the Room
Not Sure
Slightly Undeclared
SSU Alumni graduated with the same major...Can you guess which major?
Marketing Director




Financial Analyst

Legal Assistant

Computer Programmer

Math Teacher

Registered Nurse

Research Asst.

Program Director

Dental Hygienist

Senior Citizen Activities
Admissions Counselor

Starbucks Manager


Legal Assistant

Event Coordinator

Technical Writer


Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Theatre Arts

Political Science



Theatre Arts
Myths About Majors and Careers
My major will
determine my
specific career
My major will limit my choices for graduate or professional schools
Arts & Humanities graduates are unemployable
Choosing a Discipline vs. Choosing a Career
Choosing a Discipline
Choosing a Career
What do you like to study?
What class(es) are you/do you:
excited to go to? never miss a class?
excited to do the reading for?
earn good grades?
participate regularly in?
What type of work do you want to do?
Does it require specific skills?
Can the skills you learn apply to the career?
Does it require graduate school?
What are they looking for?
What do you want to do or engage in 40 hours per week? (generally)
Are you surprised by the assessment results?
Do you agree with and/or disagree with the results?
How can you apply your Strengths to a career?
Discuss your Assessment Results
Process for Choosing Your Major
1. Gather Information
Review online services:
General Catalog
search for classes
and 4 year plans

Department Websites
3. Deciding on a Major
Use GEs to explore

Take an introductory course in the major

Utilize your freshman or sophomore seminar experience (e.g. FIG)

Read over the course material
4. Evaluate Your Major Selection
Make this an active process

Review performance in introductory major courses

Evaluate your level of interest and passion for your new major
7. Plan for the Next Step
Refine your academic and professional goals

Consider academic enhancement activities
- Study abroad
- Research
- Internships
Consult with:
Career Services

Undeclared Academic Advising or Peer Advisi

Department Advisors

Faculty Advisors

Family, Friends, Mentors
Consider co-curricular activities, student orgs, etc.


Keep your values, interests, and passions close

Schedule an appointment with advisors to structure a plan to graduate
NO idea:
What you want to do
What majors are on campus
Everything looks good
Nothing looks good
Idea of what you would like to major in
Possibly change your major but don't know to what
If you're going to stay the same major
If you know are passionate about what you are learning
How to declare a major
Myth #1
Myth #2
Myth #3
What is a Major?
42-62 units
45 bachelor's degree programs at SSU to choose from
blending interest and aptitude
find it easy to excel
classes are enjoyable
some majors teach technical skills (engineering)
employers are looking for soft skills such as:
problem solving
critical thinking
work well in groups
graduate schools have a list of admissions requirements/perquisites
no major specific major is required
looking for a diverse class to provide different perspectives
develop transferable skills that are highly sought after
interpersonal skills, communication (written and verbal), critical thinking, research, motivation for advancement
Process of Choosing a Major
an academic discipline to which an undergraduate student formally commits
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