Step 1: Getting Started
Choosing a major is not always the same as choosing a career. A major is the subject that you plan to study while you are at FIU, for example Finance, Special Education, or Biology. While many students plan to find a job that will utilize their major, such as becoming a financial analyst, a teacher or a doctor, major and career are not always directly linked. There are many career options for each major offered at the university, but the first step to a successful career is choosing a major that is right for you! The more you enjoy what you are studying the more successful you will be!
Step 2: Know Yourself
Self-reflection plays a vital role in choosing a major and sometimes takes time. In thinking about your academic future, you should consider your values, interests, skills, personality, and desired lifestyle. It is also very important to take into account your academic strengths and weaknesses when thinking about future major options. For example, if you dislike math you will want to avoid majors that will require a lot of math. To assist you in choosing a major please consider the following websites:
To see a complete list of the exploratory tracks at FIU click here.
To learn more about exploratory courses, click here.
Step 3: Consider the Curriculum
Reviewing the curriculum is a helpful step in determining a major at FIU. If you find that courses to be taken are not of interest, or you simply don’t feel comfortable taking them, that might be an indication that you should consider alternative major options. We highly recommend that all students view the MajorMap of their intended major for two reasons:
- Looking at a major map can give you an idea of whether or not the major you are considering is flexible, allowing you to take electives, or if it is restricted, with specific courses being required. In general, you should have an idea of whether it is math/science heavy and if you are comfortable with the courses required to gain entry to your desired major.
- Major maps include the contact information for each major department. That information, including the website provided, can assist you with making an appointment with the department advisor and give you more in depth information about the course of study you are preparing to choose. Departmental advisors have specialized knowledge about their program and can further assist you in your decision making process.
To Explore Major maps please visit:http://mymajor.fiu.edu/
To learn more about the majors FIU offers and review the curriculum to follow for each one, you can also visit:http://discovermajors.fiu.edu/
Step 4: Take an Assessment
Assessments are another helpful tool in the process of deciding on a major. They can help you narrow down your options, discover new interests, or new areas where you might excel. Taking the FIU MyMajorMatch assessment will be helpful in identifying possible majors for you based on your skills and interests. It may even reveal areas of study you hadn’t considered before. It is a 20-minute, free assessment that will provide you with your top five clusters of major areas. Each career cluster will identify majors that align with that area. Career details, admission program criteria are also provided. Advisors are available to meet with you should you need assistance interpreting the results. MyMajorMatch can be found under the “Academics” section of your MyFIU student Portal.
Step 5: Doing the Research
As you continue to narrow down your options, you will want to do some research on the majors you have identified through your MyMajorMatch Assessment. What can you do with those majors? What education level is needed to work in such fields? What skills are required to succeed? Having the answers to these questions can help you either eliminate a major or determine if it is right for you. Utilizing the FIU MyMajor website can help you with this research: http://mymajor.fiu.edu/
Step 6: Additional Resources
After using the steps listed above, you should have a better idea of the major that is right for you. Remember you can always visit our office for more assistance. As an FIU student, an academic advisor can help you begin the process of finding an appropriate major.
Exploratory Advising Center (MMC)
SASC 428; 305-348-2892
Exploratory Advising Center (BBC)
ACI 180; 305-919-5754
Also, as you continue your journey through the exploratory path, remember Career and Talent Development is available to help you choose a major. They also offer information on internships, have workshops on interviewing skills, and can critique your resume. The Office of Career and Talent Development is sure to help you become a competent young professional!
Career and Talent Development (MMC)
SASC 305; 305-348-2423
Career and Talent Development (BBC)
WUC 255; 305-919-5770