Major Exploration

Exploring and choosing a major involves many factors. Let’s break it down.

Major Exploration

Choosing a major and/or minor can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers to get you started.

  • Making a decision may take some time
  • Who can help
  • How to declare my major

When do I have to make a decision about my major? 

There is no real deadline for choosing a major, but changing or choosing after your Junior year may lead to some changes in your 4 year plan and a little extra time at St. Thomas. Academic Counseling advises that a good time to plan on choosing is the Spring of your second year. 

Where can I get help choosing my major? 

The Career Development Center is happy to help you evaluate your interests, values, skills, personality, attributes and preferences, and how they relate to various majors and career paths. If you have questions about a 4 year plan, connecting with Faculty, navigating Core or FYE requirements,  transfer credits, or anything academically related, visit Academic Counseling!  

Will being undecided delay my graduation? 

It all depends on how your credits fit into the major degree plan you ultimately choose. As mentioned above, taking Core requirements first certainly gives you some time to explore, but choosing or changing after your second year could have an impact on your 4-year plan. 

Should I have a minor? 

Choosing a minor is completely up to you. It is not required, but can be an opportunity for you to showcase additional skills, or just learn more in a specific subject area without majoring in it. Minors can be both practical AND fun! 

Is it bad to be “undecided?” 

What courses should I take while I am “undecided”? 

You should take required Core Curriculum courses, and take exploratory courses that might help you make a decision about your major. Taking Core requirements will give you some time to choose your major while staying on track for graduation.  

How are majors related to career paths? 

Each major at St. Thomas can lead to a wide variety of career choices. Oftentimes, a major doesn’t predict the kind of job or career a person will pursue after graduation! Majors in the liberal arts can help you develop many essential transferrable skills, and if you want to be an engineer, doctor, or biologist, there are majors that lead to those professions as well. Any major can have traditional and non-traditional career paths associated with it, so you shouldn’t ever feel like choosing a major means you’re choosing a forever-career! 

How do I declare my major/minor? 

The process of declaring a major and/or minor can all be done online now. The link to the Registrar’s website is below!  

  • Schedule an appointment with Career Development and Academic Counseling to converse further
  • Reference the Related Links section for additional resources to use as you explore majors and minors at UST