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You want to learn about about the major options at the U?

With over 140 different majors at the U, selecting the one (or two) to pursue can seem intimidating. But with so many options, you can rest assured that you will discover the major that best fits you.

    Step One: Shrink the list by eliminating those majors that you have no interest in.

    A great way to learn about the majors that interest you is by eliminating from your search those that do not. Print off the complete list of U majors and begin by crossing off those major that you have no interest in pursuing.


    Step Two: Explore the majors that you do have an interest in pursuing.

    Now that you have eliminated some of the majors on the list, concentrate on those that remain. Explore the CAPE Major Profiles to learn about each major's degree requirement, career options, study abroad opportunities, and student group information.


    Step Three: Reflect on what you have found.

    By now, you likely have an even smaller list of majors that have really caught your attention. Spend time reaching out to students in those majors through student groups or the Major Network, to get the student perspective on the majors. Also, consider reaching out to advisors and career counselors to gain an even more in-depth understanding of your majors of interest. that you have narrowed down your major options, learn more about career possibilites!

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