Choosing a Major

Ahhh, the question you’ll be presented with all year: What will you major in?
Followed by: What are you gonna do with that??

As a sophomore, you’ll spend a good deal of time pondering these questions — as you should. We ask that you remember one thing: Your college major is about YOU. No one else. YOU have to buy into it. And YOU have to LOVE it. Dale Carnegie once wisely remarked: People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Another thing to remember is that your college major, in and of itself, guarantees you little relative to your long-term career. Computer science majors with zero internship experience are less than professionally attractive; scores of sociology, french and natural science majors go onto law school (or B school or med school or consulting…like Ben Polak ’07); there are hipster Art History majors who now serve as corporate trainers and motivational speakers…or museum curators. The savvy student knows that s/he will always have to complement her/his studies with internships/research, study abroad experiences, an externship, a minor, a fellowship and NETWORKING. And knowing this, the savvy student recognizes that their undergraduate major is more about her/his values and strengths than it is about securing a job. Your major, alone, will not do that.

We’ll be exploring major selection all year long. To get us started, speak with your dean or the CCPA about assessments and check out these great pieces (that not everyone will agree with) and sites:

Choosing a Practical Major | Originally published in The New York Times on April 16, 2013 by Phil (Dean) Bean

Your College Major May Not Be As Important As You Think | Originally published in The New York Times on November 3, 2010 by Zac Bissonnette

Choosing and Using Your Major by Kelly Cleary

What Can I Do With This Major? (Useful Website)