Think of your major as a magnifying glass. With it you will zoom in on a
particular area of study. A major is certain set of course work that leads to a degree. This collection of
classes can revolve around a subject such as English, a theme such as political
science, or a field such as engineering.
Choosing your major is a very important decision. The type of major you
choose will often dictate what type of career you will have. But, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average college graduate
changes jobs once every three years and changes career fields two or three times
in their lifetime. So, don't assume that your major will determine your specific career for the rest of your
When do I need to choose a major?
Some schools require you to declare you major by your sophomore year. Others
actually require you to list your major choice on your application even though
you may change it later. So, it all depends on
which college you're attending.
What is a double major?
Many schools offer the chance to major in two subjects. In some schools
double majoring earns you two separate degrees.
Some students declare a double major instead of switching majors when they
change their minds. Think about it this way: If you’ve already spent the time fulfilling the requirements of one major,
why turn your back on it? If your school offers a double major option you can do
both and earn two degrees.