How to Decide Major

  • Read the university catalog and highlight any course that sounds interesting.
  • Is there a pattern?

  • Take an introductory course in a major that sounds intriguing.
  • It won't be a waste of time - it will count as an elective.   

Evaluate courses you complete.
  • Did you like the subject matter, the assignments, the skills you used in the course? Do you want to learn more about this particular area?

  • Meet with a professor who teaches courses in your major(s) of interest.
  • Ask the professor questions that will help you better understand the major and future career opportunities.

  • Conduct brief informational interviews with individuals who are in a job you think you might enjoy.
  • This may include speaking with Bluffton alumni about their own decision making process. More about the Alumni Mentoring Network.

  • Visit the Center for Career and Vocation and peruse books about occupations of interest.
  • There is a wide selection that may be borrowed from the center.

  • Seek self-knowledge - complete individual assessments to identify your skills, abilities, talents, personality type and how those attributes match with different careers and jobs.
  • Assessments can help affirm or discover skills or interests you may have that relate to a career.

  • Meet with the director of career development to discuss your questions/thoughts and to develop an individual plan for identifying a major and future career.
  • Contact the Center for Career and Vocation for an appointment.


  • Seek opportunities for involvement on campus in order to test your skills and determine what you are doing.
  • More than 50 organizations from which to choose!


Seek career related volunteer or work experiences.

Employers will hire individuals who have completed internships, summer jobs or volunteer work in the industry in which they are seeking their first full-time position.

 Develop the skills that will make you marketable no matter what major you choose.
  • These skills include critical thinking, listening, writing, interpersonal, organization, etc.

  • Don't panic.
  • A major and a job are not one and the same. There are a variety of careers available to liberal arts majors. Waiting a year to declare your major may be one of your wisest decisions. 


  • Check out Vault and the O*Net.
  • These web sites will provide information to explore careers.