Major and Career Exploration

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 80% of students change their major at least once during college, and on average students will change their majors three times during their college careers. Knowing these numbers, the Office of Career & Professional Development and the Office of Academic Advising encourage students to take the time they need to explore their possible choices. Stetson University offers more than 55 majors and minors for undergraduates to choose from which can be viewed in the University Catalog. When thinking about choosing a major, take a step back, and instead of using the approach of “I have to pick a major”, ask yourself “What do I want to learn” and how can I design a unique learning experience for myself through a combination of my General Education courses, my Major/Minor coursework, and my General Elective courses? Stetson encourages students to declare a major by the end of their first year, but students can continue to explore in their second year while seeking additional support from the Office of Career & Professional Development.

In terms of career exploration, while your major is an important part of your preparation for next steps after Stetson, it’s not the only think you should be considering. It’s important to pair your coursework with other activities outside the classroom including opportunities such as internships, undergraduate research, study abroad, community engagement or leadership programs. So, in addition, to thinking about “What do I want to learn”, also ask yourself “How do I want to learn.” What out-of-class activities will you participate in to complement your coursework and better prepare you for a career and life after Stetson?

Please use the resources available through the links on the left to help you answer these questions. Enjoy your exploration process, and know that Stetson faculty and staff are here to help you along the way. If you would like to meet with a Career Advisor to discuss major or career choices, please contact Career & Professional Development at career@stetson.edu or 386-822-7315.