Many students begin their exploration of majors with some preconceived ideas about the best ways to choose a major and the impact of that choice. Unfortunately, many of these ideas are myths that can hinder progress. Below are some common myths about choosing a major and the facts.
Myth: I must worry about getting my distributive requirements out of the way before thinking about a major.
Fact: The distributive requirements are not intended to be completed by the time you have to declare your major. And, if you take a variety of classes your first few years, you will most likely find that your distributive requirements take care of themselves.
Myth: The best way to find out about a major is to take an introductory class.
Fact: While introductory courses do provide good exposure to the discipline, they generally do not reflect what the major requirements will be like.
Myth: There's nothing you can do after college with a major in ______, so I probably shouldn't pursue it.
Fact: Choosing a major does not automatically mean you have chosen a career. Further, just because you major in Theater, for example, that doesn't mean you have to become an actor or actress or that you're only qualified to do that.
By choosing a major, you are not limited to only one career choice. By choosing a career, you are not limited to only one major.
Myth: It's impossible to choose one major when you have several areas of interest.
Fact: There are a variety of ways for students to combine their interests in multiple disciplines. For example, it is possible to do a double major, to do a major and two minors, or to create a modified major or special major.
Myth: With so many options and choices, I don't know where to begin.
Fact: Nonsense! There are a large number of resources available to help you, and by looking through this you're on the right track. Clear your head, find some time to think about what's right for you, talk to others, and you'll have a major before you know it.
Last Updated: 10/16/14