Choosing a Major

An academic major may be linked to a person's interest, or it may be linked to the career that a person wants to pursue. Choosing a major requires gathering information about your interests or about a career and the suggested area of study for that career.

The Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC) has many resources to assist students with choosing a major:

  • CHOICES (a computerized guidance system) offers interest, skills and values assessment that link to occupational and educational information.
  • Occupational guides that describe different careers and the educational requirements needed to qualify for those careers.
  • College catalogs and transfer information for students planning to transfer to another college.
  • Computers to access websites that provide career and educational information. Professional association and college websites are a good place to start.

DMACC offers a course to help you choose a major. SDV 130 Career Exploration emphasizes how to assess your skills, interests, values, and personality. The course could be used as an elective toward your degree and is taught by a DMACC counselor.

Career assessments can help you make a decision, but your own ideas are just as important. To help you choose a major, ask yourself questions such as:

  • What were your favorite subjects in high school? What majors relate to them?
  • What jobs have you had that you liked? What does this suggest about your interest and abilities?

As you explore majors, keep in mind that the most satisfying careers will be those where you are:

  • Using skills and abilities that come naturally and that you enjoy using.
  • Involved in meaningful activities that interest you.
  • Doing something that is consistent with your values and personality.

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, contact the DMACC Information Center at 515-964-6200. Counselors work closely with the Career & Transfer Resource Center. You may also schedule an individual appointment to work in the Career & Transfer Resource Center by calling 515-964-6200.