How to Choose a College Major

Students doing homework By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Posted on September 16, 2019  in  [ GCU Experience ]

Choosing a college major can be intimidating. Grand Canyon University’s seven undergraduate colleges offer a wide range of enriching and rewarding programs that run the gamut from sports management and theatre to nursing and forensic science. With so many well-rounded degree programs to choose from, where does one start? Here are a few tips to get you started on narrowing down your options.

Network

Talk to people that have had careers in one of your areas of interest. Experienced professionals are an invaluable asset, and at a college campus it can be easier than ever to learn from their first-hand experience. If you’re already at GCU, talk to your professors, ask them about their connections and work from there. If you’re not on campus yet, ask your parents if anyone comes to their mind or turn to the internet. Reach out to people on LinkedIn or FaceBook with a few questions about their career. Most professionals would be happy to help an eager student find their way, especially if it’s in their area of specialty!

Go Online

The internet also has an abundance of resources when it comes to making a career choice. In-depth college major quizzes are only a click away and can help you learn about how your goals may align with a study program. They take into consideration your favorite subjects in high school, hobbies, ideal job and much more to suggest a couple of degree programs that you may like. Don’t agree with the results? Good news, there are still thousands of quizzes out there waiting.

Shop Around

General education courses and electives can provide an introduction into a variety of subjects. Psychology, math and history are common gen-ed subjects that often spark an interest in students. If you don’t know which path to pick, use your first semester or two to take a variety of classes in different areas and explore your interests, whether they be in music, science or theology.

Research Minors

A minor is a secondary academic discipline. They provide the opportunity to explore another field you may be curious about and help you gain additional skills that would not only look great on a resume, but complement those acquired through your primary program of study.

At GCU, some minor degree programs require as few as 16 credits, or four classes, many of which can be taken online. The Colangelo College of Business alone offers ten diverse programs that help equip students with the management, communication and entrepreneurial skills they require to succeed in today’s workforce. In addition, some of the stand-out minors in the College of Humanities are communication and professional writing, both of which encompass fundamentals of critical thinking that can be implemented in a wide variety of careers.

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Kaylor Jones

Kaylor Jones is a junior at Grand Canyon University studying professional writing and psychology in the Honors College.
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