Making a Decision

make a decision!!!How Do I Select a Major That's Right for Me?

  • Confused about what major to select?
  • Feeling stressed out because you haven't selected a major?
  • Believe almost everyone, except you, has declared their major?
  • Don't have a clue how to select a major that's a good one for you?

You are in good company! Over 900 students at Fresno State indicate their major is Undeclared. And we estimate at least as many students are what we call "misdeclared." Selecting a major that is a good one for you is a process of exploring and learning more about:

YOURSELF - Self-Assessment. 

What are your skills? What values are important to you? What is your personality type? What are your interests? What do you like and dislike? What are you good at doing?  What is your learning style? What are your long-term goals? What is your preferredlifestyle and preferred work environment?

POSSIBLE MAJORS - By learning more about YOURSELF, you will be able to identify possible majors of interest. Through exploration of academic requirements for these selected majors, you will gain a better understanding about the fields of study and better able to select one that best fits your interests and abilities.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT - Once you have learned more about YOURSELF and selected POSSIBLE MAJORS to consider, it's time to find out how careers may be related to majors. Remember, in most cases your career is not determined by your major! Most individuals find their college education provides a good foundation for many possible and future career choices.  It is important to work with a career counselor beginning your first semester.  To meet with a career counselor visit the Career Services office located in Frank W. Thomas 103 or call 278-2381.

The main thing is GETTING STARTED!  Work with your advisor in the University Advising Center to begin exploring possible majors.