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Choosing a Major

Choosing what to study during college can be a daunting task. Not only will it guide your path while you're in school, your major or course of study can play a big part of determining your post-college career path. Use the questions and topics below to help you find your best fit at North Park University.

Examine Your Interests

  • What types of things excite you?
  • What jobs or careers appeal to you?
  • Take an interest inventory in the Career Development and Internships Office if you need more guidance.

Examine Your Abilities

  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What kind of skills do you have?
  • Look at the classes you took at your last university as well as in high school. What were your best subjects?
  • What kind of extracurricular activities did you participate in at your last school or during high school?
  • What did you learn at any part time, summer jobs, or internships?

Examine Your Work Values

  • What do you value? Examples include: helping society, working under pressure, stability, security, status, working alone or in a group, having a positive impact on others, etc.
  • Take an interest inventory in the Career Development and Internships Office if you aren’t sure.

Explore Possible Careers

Do a Reality Check

  • Are you aware of your abilities, skills, and values?
  • Do your abilities, skills, and values match up?
  • Are you committed to further education if needed for a particular career?
  • Do your grades meet the requirements of graduate schools you are interested in?
  • Do you believe in the career you’ve chosen, and are you comfortable explaining that to your friends and family?
  • Are you aware of and comfortable with the average salary of your chosen career?

Narrow Your Choices and Choose a Major

  • Review career choices by major, your possible career list, and your abilities.
  • Have you sat in on classes or taken any classes associated with your major?
  • Have you spoken to any professors in that major?
  • List 3 possible majors that fit your interests?
  • Speak with your faculty advisor, the Student Enrichment transfer counselor, and Career Development and Internships staff about what you have found.

Resources

  • The North Park University catalog: These documents contain information about majors and the required courses for each major.
  • Professors: Talk to professors from a variety of disciplines. Often, they are connected to their field's professions and career paths, and have a great deal of insight to share with students.
  • Classmates: Talk to other students who have gone through classes in the majors you are interested in.
  • Alumni: Connect with University alumni, who can help advise you from a post-college and professional perspective.
  • Career Development and Internship Office: The staff in this department can help you process career choices, connect you with internships, and help develop a strategic approach to accomplishing your career goals.