Empowerly’s Guide to Choosing a Major

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Madeleine Karydes
Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine attended UC Berkeley and double-majored in English and Media Studies. She is now an integral part of the Empowerly team.

With the costs of college degrees on the rise, many ask: why attend college, if you don’t plan to use your degree? Students everywhere struggle to justify their reasons for applying to university. The process of narrowing down your course of study to one particular major has never been an easy one, even before this added pressure. That’s why college counselors are well-trained to help students figure it out! Today, we’re proud to share the official Empowerly’s Guide to Choosing a Major. This is a helpful guide to steer you toward your dreams, no matter your starting point.

From STEM majors to humanities enthusiasts, college hopefuls in every discipline can feel doubt can creep in…

How do I start to choose a major?

The good news is that there is no pressure to make a decision right away! It’s very common for students to change their majors at some point in their college careers. Most schools do not even require you to declare a major until the spring of your sophomore year. In addition, you will usually have the option of declaring a double major or minoring in something else that interests you.

But the choice of a major does impact your employment opportunities after graduation. So if you’re feeling completely lost, here are some guidelines to help you navigate this decision.

Here is Empowerly’s Guide to Choosing a Major:

Go ahead, download it! This is Empowerly’s Guide to Choosing a Major. This guide provides pointers, advice, and reassurance from start to finish.

We’re proud to provide this knowledge free of charge to any student who needs help. Read through it, share it with friends, post it on social media, and reference it any time. We hope it helps!

This is a preview of what you’ll find inside…

It’s Major! How and Why Your Major Matters

Pros and cons to declaring a major, as a college applicant.

Tips for Exploration and Discovery

We’ll take you all the way from A to Z. Which sounds most like you?

  • Stage 1: Beginning (“Help! I’m just starting out.”)
  • Stage 2: Intermediate (“Okay, I have ideas but I’m not sure how to narrow it down.”)
  • Stage 3: Advanced (“I’m already in college and I’m still not sure!”)
Double Majoring and More

Double, triple, or minor? Let’s review all the pathways.

Understanding Undeclared

And more.

All that and more is why we bring you Empowerly’s Guide to Choosing a Major. Whether you intend to graduate from college with a double major, a dual degree, a single major with a minor, or even a triple major, consider your choices fully. Reading through this guide is a great place to start. And remember, you can always reach out to the Empowerly community for more support.

Still not sure how to get started?

That’s what we are here for! The Empowerly counselors have experience helping with every part of the college application, including passion discovery and choosing a major.

We get it: this is a lot of information, and this can be confusing. If you’d rather ask someone else to decode it for you, consider hiring a college counselor. To learn more, book a consult today.

Questions? Let us know!