Make a list of majors of some interest. (If you are having
difficulty coming up with a list or have too many possibilities it
probably is an indication that you ought to consult with Advising
and/or Career Development staff about
assessing your interests, abilities etc.)
Read through theCollege
Catalogand check the descriptions of majors that sound
Circle or highlight course descriptions in the catalog that sound
interesting. Do you find that a number of them fall into a particular
major or two?
Browse Departmental Major Handbooks available in the Advising
Center for requirements and other information. (Available for certain
Without thinking about careers ask some questions of yourself about
these possible majors.
Am I interested in subject matter?
Do I enjoy reading and learning about the field?
Do I have or can I develop the skills necessary for success in
Explore and read printed information about majors available in
Career and Advising Centers.
Review Major Decisions
Review College Majors and Careers
Review Major Options
Review the Career Connection
Review What Can I Do With A Major In.....
Explore possible career fields of interest related to academic
Explore Encyclopedia of Career Choices for the 90s.
Explore College Majors and Careers.
Process the information you've gathered from printed material with
Career Development Staff, Advising Center Staff, and/or faculty member in
the specific major.
Make an appointment to talk with a faculty member about:
The skills and areas of expertise you will develop in studying the
disciplines they're teaching.
The careers recent majors have entered.
Internships that majors have completed or are completing.
Requirements for specific major.
Availability of departmental major handbook.
Research and work possibilities within the major department.
Contact former Gustavus students who graduated with your major of
Consult with Career Development Staff to access the Alumni Career
Review "Informational Interviewing" handout available
from Career Development to prepare for these conversations.
Consult with Advising Center Staff about planning for your possible
Meet with a staff person to review degree audit to determine time
line for completing major & general education requirements.
Advantages of the Research Process
What are some of the advantages of taking on this process of
researching specific majors? In short, you will be able to:
Open up the possibilities before making a choice.
Make a wise & more personally satisfying major decision.
Feel more confident about your ultimate choice.
Understand the skills gained in certain majors & through a
liberal arts education that transfer to careers.
List the types of careers Gustavus graduates in the major of your
choice have achieved.
Recognize that a major can prepare you for a wide variety of
career possibilities & even some careers not directly related to
Determine the requirements of a major & a time line for
completing major & general education requirements.