A major is a concentration of courses that give a student a basic knowledge of a field of study. Choosing a major can sometimes be an intimidating process. However, we hope that we can help you to find your passion by choosing the perfect major for you!
Below are some steps for exploring and declaring majors. Remember to include your faculty advisor in your exploration process.
Piece together important information about yourself- your interests, values, ablities- before you begin exploring so that you can really focus your attention on the areas that will complement you. You do not want to pursue a major that does not suit your skills or interests, so please be honest with yourself throughout this process. During reflection, you should remember that what you do not like is just as valuable as knowing what you do. If you struggled in chemistry throughout high school you can use this information as a way to consider eliminating that major from the list under consideration. Remember, you want to find a major that you like learning about, that suits your skills and abilities, and that you will be successful in.
Gather information about the majors and opportunities available at Rollins. It's hard to explore if you do not know what is available to you. The resourses below will provide you with more information about what Rollins has to offer:
Based on what you now know about yourself and the options available to you, narrow down your choices to being a more extensive search. It's impossible to do thorough research on every major on campus, so try to narrow it down to 4 or 5 options.
Actively seek information about majors of interest to you. This is a process that will take quite a bit of time to properly research. By the end of the process, you should have a good feel for what the discipline involves, the classes required to complete the major, the professors within the department, and the opportunities that exist after graduation.
Gather all the information you’ve gathered and begin to consider the results. What interests you about these majors? Explore any similiarities that you may find between multiple majors. You can also eliminate majors that no longer seem as appealing to you. Based on all of this information, make a tentative decision. Try it out for a few weeks and tell people about your decision. How does it feel? What kind of responses do you get from others and from yourself? Be honest – can you see yourself sharing this information with others on a regular basis?
Use your Foxlink account to declare your new major. Begin to meet faculty within the major and select a new advisor. You may even want to approach the individual you met with during the Research phase of your journey to determine if he or she would be a good fit.
Make sure you’re satisfied with your decision and you are successful in the major.
Remember, choosing a major should not be an intimidating process. Research shows that students often change their minds (and their majors) at least once during their college career. If you need help during your journey to your perfect major, just ask!