This past week, I received an email telling me that there had been a hold put on my UWGB account and I would not be allowed to register for classes until I declared a major. This usually happens by the time you reach 45 credit hours. How could that be? I had no idea that I was that far along with my studies and the thought of actually declaring a major is a little scary. It’s a good thing I have a plan! With the help of Career Services, you too can develop a plan of action for declaring your major (even if you don’t know what it might be yet).
If you are unsure about which major is right for you, it is definitely a great idea to check out the Majors Fair happening Thursday, October 18th in the Phoenix Rooms. The Fair will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM and is a great opportunity to explore the majors offered at UWGB and meet people in these programs. Professors and students from various departments will be in attendance to answer any and all questions you may have. You can also check out the Career Services Facebook and Twitter pages for more information on the event.
Declaring a major is one of the most important things you will do here at UWGB. It sets you up for your future education and career goals. But contrary to popular belief, your academic major and career choice are not one and the same. It is true that major selection plays a role in career planning, but some career choices do not require a specific major. Entry into these positions requires a bachelor’s degree, but focus on practical skills and experience. This can include internships and other experience in the desired field. To find out more information, attend the Majors Fair or make an appointment to speak with a Career Services professional. They can help you assess your own skills and interests, as well as your career goals, to find a major that is a good fit for you.
If you have already decided on a major but are not sure how to declare, go the Registrar’s website to fill out the necessary forms. Some programs to require you to apply (including Business, Communication, Education, or Social Work), while others have pre-declaration form requirements (like Human Development and Psychology). Be sure to check the specific requirements of your program of study. Career Services would be happy to assist you in any way possible.