What to do if you are having trouble finding a major

It is not uncommon for students to struggle to find their major.  Fortunately there are people and resources to help you find your major and your path through your undergraduate years.  Whether you began with one major and are now changing your mind or have had difficulty deciding on a major from the start, it is never too late to find your way to a meaningful completion of your education.  A purposeful exploration of your options can help you discover new ideas.  This exploration begins with using the resources available to you.  

Focus: focus.lsa.umich.edu

Designed to be an easy starting point for students exploring majors and minors, here are some of the site’s key features:

  • Students can see all LSA departments on a single page and easily browse through them.
  • Each department is represented by a clean, attractive page with a brief description, followed by a link to the department’s own page (so students can see what specific majors and minors are offered and read more about departmental policies and requirements).
  • A visually-appealing layout gives students a quick feel for the array of choices and each department’s general focus.  To accomplish this, departments have been color-coded according to broad categories (e.g., humanities, social science) to help students sort according to skill-sets and intellectual approaches. 

Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss how to explore the course guide, majors, minors, and supplemental studies.  Before your appointment look over the advice on choosing your major on the Newnan Advising Center’s website at www.lsa.umich.edu/advising/academicplanning/choosingamajor.

Visit the Career Center to learn how your interests connect to the skills valued in different careers and how this can help you find a major. Their Career Guides  highlight curriculum requirements, as well as skills and abilities that may be developed and applied through each major. The Career Center also offers two career assessment tools to help in your choice of academic major or career: The Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Survey.

Attend the Major and Minors Expo and department information sessions.  The Major and Minor Expo is held in winter semester.  This is your chance to talk with faculty and students from every LSA department to learn more about their majors.  LSA departments also hold informational sessions during this time.  Go to the Majors and Minors Expo page for details.  For a schedule of department information sessions throughout the year go to Majors Events page.