What is a major?

A major is the specific subject you specialize in while earning a degree.  The majority of the classes you take in the junior and senior year will be directly related to this subject.  A major provides the skills and knowledge base to help you launch your career after college.

Some things to consider...

-from University of Washington-Undergraduate Advising

“It is important to keep in mind that choosing a major and preparing for a career are not the same process. It’s true that a college education will help prepare you for the job market.  It’s untrue that most majors lead directly to particular jobs.  Instead, any major can prepare you for numerous job possibilities. ….”

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Online Resources

  • What can I do with a major in…? – Both websites below let you explore the opportunities
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – Federal data on specific careers including career outlook, entry level education, median pay, hot to get there, etc.
  • Career Bridge – Access to interest inventories, job trends for Washington state and other tools.
  • Career Coach – Includes regional career information such as job trends, pay rates, job descriptions, and career/interest assessment tools.
  • Big Future Major and Career Search – Browse major and career areas through categories.
  • What are you into? – This tool help you explore your options based on your interests.
  • Howtobecome and Learnhowtobecome – If you know the career you would like to pursue, but aren’t sure what educational pathway you need to get there.
  • Advisors and Faculty Experts – Ask questions!  (Link to Form – Questions to ask when exploring a career-this is new)