Choose a major that interests you and allows you to be successful. Here's how:
Evaluate your interests and your academic strengths for potential majors.
Try vocational testing and self-assessments. These help you evaluate your interests and translate those interests into potential career paths.
Review the College Majors Guide. Do any jobs and employers resonate with you?
Try the "What If I Changed My Program" option on MySuffolk. This allows you to view course requirements for different majors and to see how the courses you have already completed will apply to a new major. Or, check out these PDF samples of different program evaluations
Meet the faculty and learn about their experiences and areas of expertise. Try scheduling an appointment, chatting after class, or attending office hours.
Start by reading the faculty bios in College of Arts & Sciences and the Sawyer Business School. Not sure who to contact within the different departments? Ask an academic advisor.
Learn to network by talking with parents, siblings, upperclassmen, coworkers or supervisors to learn about their educational and professional experiences.
Conduct informational interviews to gather information about your field of interest and find out how current professionals in that field got to where they are. Identify which skills are necessary for success in different fields. Create a network of contacts for future reference.
Participate in the Career Development Center’s Job Shadowing program.
Officially declare your major by completing a Change of Major/Minor form and. Review your Program Evaluation for your major requirements.
Make an academic plan by meeting with an advisor in the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center to map out your remaining requirements and make sure you are on track to graduate.
Connect with your faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor will be your mentor within your major and can provide valuable academic and career advice.
Ask for advice about:
Check for internship opportunities and travel experiences which may be required as part of your major. Certain majors require internships or travel experiences as part of the graduation requirements.
For example: the Accounting major requires that you complete an accounting internship in order to graduate.
Check your major requirements to be aware of everything that you need to graduate. Even if your major does not require an internship, many majors allow you to take an internship course for credit (MKT-520 for example). Ask your faculty advisor for more information about internship opportunities.