While browsing York’s future students website you will quickly notice there are a staggering number of undergraduate programs to choose from. Picking what you’re going to major in is a big decision that takes some careful consideration. When weighing your options there are several questions and considerations you should make sure to take into account. Here are a few of them.
What am I interested in?
Your interests should be a top priority when deciding on a major. What subjects do you excel in and enjoy learning about? Or what subjects do you want to learn more about? When you’re interested in a subject, you tend to be motivated by the work you’re given. As a result, you tend to get higher marks.
Being interested in a subject also makes the work seem less tedious. If you’re genuinely excited by a certain topic, the work will seem a lot less like work.
This is YOUR major
Remember that this is the topic that YOU will be studying for the next four years, not your parents, siblings or friends. You may have outside influences in your decision and this should not be the case. Focus on what you enjoy and want to study. After all, you don’t want to be stuck with classes you don’t enjoy.
What are some potential career paths?
After you have narrowed down your choices, you should research some career paths that are possible with your major. If any of them sound intriguing, research that career field further. Some programs offer internship opportunities that allow you to gain valuable field experience in your desired career path.
Still not sure?
If you find yourself stuck and unsure of what to major in, why not try York’s undecided major? During their first year, students in an undecided major take classes across a number of subject areas to see what they enjoy. After sampling different types of classes, students have a better idea of what they like.
If you find yourself stuck and trying to decide between two different majors, there is always the option study two things at once with a double major or a minor. For more information about majors and minors, visit York’s majors and minors website.