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How to Choose a Major

Students who begin their academic careers at Shepherd University as undeclared majors must choose a major once they have taken 30 credit hours. Below is a list of resources that can assist you in choosing a major:

Researching a Major (Worksheet to help you in exploring a major of your interest)

Informational Interview Questionnaire (Questions you can utilize to explore a career through interviewing a professional from the field of your interest)

5 Questions to Ask Yourself (Some important points to think about)

O*net (Occupational database containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors)

Occupational Outlook Handbook (Occupational database that can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations)

What Can I Do With This Major?  ( Explore: 1. common career areas students enter with this major, typical employers that hire students in this field and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities; 2. websites included in the links section provide additional information about each major and the occupations commonly associated with it, including job postings)

The Strong Interest Inventory (Our office currently offers the Strong Interest Inventory (“Strong”) assessment free of charge to Shepherd students. Email jobweb@shepherd.edu or call 304-876-5814 for more information.)