Choosing A Major
Determine your Interests Ask: “What types of students do well in your
You may already have preferences based on your
high school experience. Maybe you already “What kinds of jobs do students get who
know you like hard sciences or don’t do well graduate with your major?” What research
in languages or have always wanted to write. interests do faculty in your department have?”
Preferences are a good starting point to identify
interests. Talk to alumni or professionals in fields you
are considering. You can get names of career
If you’re confused bout your interests, try the professionals who can talk to you from Career
following resources at Career Services. Connections or the Rotary Club Mentorships
Program, both Career Service. Ask a peer or
Choices: a computer program that helps you advisor how.
identify your interests, skills and values.
Attend a “Choosing a Major” Workshop,
Career Testing: pick up a brochure on our offered every year in Winter Quarter through
career testing program. the College of Letters and Science. Look for
announcement in the Nexus
For a more in-depth discussion on how to
choose a major, drop by Career Services for the
Identify Majors That Match Your “How to Choose a Major Mini-Guide”, talk to
Interest a Career Counselor or to academic advisors at
the College of Letters and Science.
Read the UCSB Catalog: You will see which
majors demand more units than others, which
have pre-major requirements, review course
content, etc. For example you might learn that
courses in psychology tend to focus more on Declare Your Major
cognition/perception and less on counseling
than you expected. Talk to either the Undergraduate advisor in the
department or with an academic advisor at the
Talk to other students in the major about what L&S for help with the steps of getting yourself
they do and don’t like about it. signed into a specific major.
Spend an hour in the UCen Bookstore Get Related Experience
skimming textbooks required for upper division Once you’re declared, you should begin to
classes in majors you considering. Can you see consider either part time work or internships
Career Ser vices
yourself spending time reading them? in fields related to your interests. This “hidden
California curriculum” will help you get employment after
Santa Barbara In the first week of class each quarter, audit graduation. For information on internships,
Santa Barbara, CA one or two meetings of upper division courses come to Career Services check out internships
93106 - 7140 in majors you are considering. (Lower division at www.career.ucsb.edu or on Gaucho Link or
Building 599 courses are often not good barometer of a ask y our undergraduate advisor.
805 893 4412 major.) Do the classes sound interesting?
FAX 805 893 8023
career.ucsb.edu Talk to undergraduates advisors or peer
advisors in departments you are considering.