Tips for exploring majors

As you plan for spring registration, we know that many of you are still exploring majors. This is normal, and we want you to feel supported in the process.

Many of you might feel like you should know exactly what you are going to major in right now, but it’s okay to be exploring. Keep in mind that major doesn’t always equal career, as many majors in CSE will help you reach similar career outcomes. To help you out, here are a few tips to aid you in your exploration.

Let your advisor know you are exploring. The earlier we know, the more we can help you build a schedule that allows you to keep your options open. We can also suggest introductory courses if you’re interested in a certain content area, and how to continue your exploration over the next semester. It is very common for students to plan around more than one major, so don’t be afraid to talk with your advisor.

Connect with the CSE Career Center. Career counselors can assist with connecting your values, skills, and interests to a major. They also have insight as to what CSE alumni are up to in the work world. They’re experts in preparing for and finding internships, co-ops, and post-grad employment, and can be another layer of support on your path to a career you love. They also have excellent resources to help with occupation research, cover letter and resume creation, career fair preparation, and salary negotiation.

Engage in activities outside the classroom. The Collegiate Life office can help you find student groups and engagement activities to explore your interests outside of classes. Don’t be afraid to attend a student group meeting or an event that might be outside your comfort zone! You might find something new that you didn’t realize you would enjoy, which could help you in your exploration process. GopherLink is another great campus resource for exploring engagement opportunities at the U.

Additional Resources for major and career exploration:
CSE Career Center
CSE Four-Year Plans
CSE Office of Collegiate Life
CAPE: Resources for exploring students