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Exploring majors

If you are undecided about your major, you are not alone. About a third of students begin college without having chosen a major, and of those who do begin college with a declared major, 60-70% change it at least once before they graduate. You are encouraged to spend your first few terms, especially if you are a freshman, learning more about yourself and exploring different academic options. One way to do this is by taking a variety of courses that seem interesting to you.

Selecting a major is a process which

  • begins with self-assessment: identifying and analyzing one's personality, interests, skills, and values
  • proceeds to exploration of majors and careers: taking courses in interest areas, researching options for careers
  • concludes with decision-making: what is a "good fit" - declaring a major

If you are exploring majors you should seek academic advising from Advising & Career Services (ACS), an advising center responsible for providing advising to students selecting or changing majors. Call (503) 725-4005 or stop in University Services Building Room 402 to set up an appointment with an ACS adviser.