Whether you are trying to choose a major or change your major, the University Career Center (UCC) and the University Advising Center
(UAC) are here to help you throughout the entire process! Here, you will find UCC and UAC resources to help you explore and choose a major.
Choosing a Major
KU offers over 190 undergraduate majors
, giving you plenty of options to choose from. You might begin your decision-making process by assessing your academic strengths and career interests.
- What are your best subjects?
- What topics are you most excited about?
- What career paths are you considering?
You might also consider taking one or more career assessments
from the UCC to focus your search. In addition to gathering information about yourself, you'll want to invest time and effort in researching each major you're considering.
- Are there admission requirements?
- What classes will you take?
- How do these majors relate to your career goals?
To learn more about your options, review the resources on this page and set up meetings with an academic advisor and a career coach.
Common Myths about Majors
Myth #1: Being undecided about my major is bad.
There is nothing wrong with being undecided about your major; most students are undecided or question their major at some point in their academic career. Just be diligent about exploring your options and working towards a decision by the end of your sophomore year (KU requires students to declare a major after completing 60 credits).
Myth #2: If I choose a major now, I won't be able to change my mind later.
It's actually rather common for students to change their majors during college: the average student will change their major three to four times. Before changing your major, remember to connect with your advisor to determine how your decision might impact your four-year plan.
Myth #3: There's one "right" major for me.
With over 190 undergraduate majors to choose from at KU, you'll likely find at least a handful of majors that will fit your strengths and interests. Work with your academic advisor and career coach to identify programs that will meet your academic and professional goals.
Myth #4: Choosing a major is directly related to choosing a career.
While some college majors train students for specific careers (e.g. nursing, accounting, or teaching), most careers do not require a specific college major. In fact, a majority of college graduates have successful careers in fields not directly related to their academic majors!
Myth #5: My [career coach, academic advisor, parents, career assessment] can tell me what to do.
You and you alone are the best person to decide your academic and career path. While getting feedback from your parents, KU professionals, and career assessments can help
you choose a major, ultimately the power is in your hands. You are the expert on you - no one knows you better!