After You Choose a Major…

Posted by Sandy Lashin-Curewitz | December 03, 2014

If you’re reading this, you can finally answer one of the most popular questions asked of soon-to-be college students: “What will you major in?” Maybe you’ve just decided on it. Maybe you knew you wanted to be a game design major since you were six, and you wanted to know how that great new game you got for your birthday was made, more than you wanted to win the game.

Choose_Major-228063-editedEither way, once you choose a particular area of study, it’s smart to find out a few things about that major at the colleges you’re considering. To help, we’ve compiled a list of some things to ask yourself and Admissions, post major-decision.

1. How well will this college’s program prepare me for a career? Comparing the strengths and weaknesses of one degree program to the next can be daunting. Don’t do it in a void. Contact admissions teams and let them put a curriculum in the context of helping get you to where you want to go.

2. Are there campus clubs or organizations related to my major? Getting involved on campus is not only good for your resume, it’s also a great way to meet people with similar interests. Know what’s available to give you a better sense of the campus culture and how serious a school is about your degree or certification path.

3. What real-world opportunities are available? It’s no secret that today’s job market is tough. One of the best ways to ensure that your major translates into that coveted job after graduation is to look for a school that offers real-world experience in your desired field. A school that gets students into the workforce as part of their college coursework will most likely offer you a competitive edge.

4. Who are the faculty members and alumni, and what can you learn from them? Faculty members are a school’s resident experts in any given field and can be valuable resources. Be sure to consider things like the average class size for your major and how accessible faculty members will be throughout your college journey. And, take a look at the school’s alumni. Did they land positions you’d want to work in?

Becker offers a variety of majors and areas of study—from animal studies to business to design and more. See if we have the program you’re looking for, and if we do, let us know how we can help!

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