Many students (both high school and college) have anxiety around choosing the "right" major. But did you know that according to employers, a student’s major is less important than soft skills like critical thinking, problem solving and communication? Because of this, undergraduate majors can lead to a wide variety different types of careers, including some unexpected ones. Check out The Hamilton Project’s tool that looks at career paths and earnings of graduates with specific college majors.
So if you're unsure of what you'd like to study in college, don't worry: you're not alone. The majority of students enter college feeling this way, and it is also not unusual to change majors one or more times. Here are some ways to narrow down your options:
- Talk with current students for insights and perspective.
- Visit the college's career center.
- Take a personality or work-style assessment to help identify which types of careers might be most compatible.
- Research the key requirements for possible majors and explore how it might translate into a career after graduation.
- Explore the types of jobs college alumni have on LinkedIn. Simply search for the college and click on "alumni" on the college's page. (You will need an account to do this.)
And once in college, students are assigned a faculty advisor who can help guide them through class choices and decisions about majors and careers or grad school.
If you have a general idea of what areas of study might interest you, use our online college matching tool to learn which of our colleges offer which programs. You also can add athletics and fine arts activities to your search.
The following handout also provides an overview of the types of majors, minors and concentrations offered by our member colleges.
This handout shows majors, minors and concentrations by subject area for each of our colleges.