We know that choosing a major is a big decision that can help determine your future. At UWM, you don’t have to make that decision alone. Advisors who specialize in working with undecided students will help you explore your options and guide you toward a successful declaration of major late in your freshman year or early in your sophomore year. They’ll also make sure that the classes you take while deciding on a major count toward your degree after you’ve made your decision.
The process starts at orientation, when students can choose from six exploratory pathways called Metamajors that allow them to explore multiple majors that share a general academic theme. Advisors will help you pick classes that fit that theme, making sure you get a good understanding of your options while satisfying requirements for a degree.
Undecided students are strongly encouraged to utilize UWM’s Career Planning & Resource Center. Throughout your college career, CPaRC can help you! They provide guidance for students exploring majors. They offer assistance in interview preparation and the job search process. And, students can have their resume and cover letter critiqued and reviewed. Mock interviews, career fairs, internship postings, and self-assessments are just a few of the services they offer.
Did you know?
of UWM’s incoming freshmen haven’t chosen a major.
Arts, Design & Innovation
Are you interested in the creative process? Do you want to revolutionize or invent new ways of seeing and interacting with the world? Do you enjoy creative problem solving, design and having creative control of your work? Majors in the Arts, Design & Innovation track study and make art and design projects that explore and meet the challenges facing societies in the 21st century. This field of study is a great fit for students who like to think, create, and make.
Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers in traditional arts settings, social and multi-media, entertainment, and supporting expression of ideas and information for government, business, and other organizations.
Overlapping Career Cruising Clusters: Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business, Industry, & Applied Technology
Are you a self-starter? Do you enjoy leading others? Are you interested in information technology and good at problem solving? Then you may be interested in one of the majors in this pathway. Students in this pathway will learn the skills necessary to launch successful careers in business, industry, and technology.
Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers supporting operations, promotion, administration, finance, and information/technology in local or global education, government, non-profit, and business settings.
Overlapping Career Cruising Clusters: Business Management & Administration; Finance; Government & Public Administration; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.
Engineering & Natural Sciences
Have you always been a strong student in math and science? Do you enjoy solving problems and puzzles? Are you technologically talented? This pathway is best for students with a strong interest in math and science who would like to learn how to apply those skills to a future in engineering, science, or technology professions. The strong analytical skills developed by majors in this pathway are highly sought after by employers.
Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers supporting exploration, business, and development in fields of science, research, engineering, manufacturing or technology.
Overlapping Career Cruising Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics; Information Technology; Architecture & Construction
Students pursuing health careers often begin their story by saying they’d like to help people. UWM’s Health Meta Major allows a student to explore the “how”. Students must be ready to make the sciences an integral part of their introductory studies as they explore the hundreds of roles available as health and wellness professionals. Students are grounded in the biological, physical and social sciences as a stepping stone to applications in health, healthcare and wellness.
Majors in this pathway lead to careers in the healthcare or health education, research and development, providing business/administrative support, management, or direct patient care.
Overlapping Career Cruising Clusters: Health Sciences; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Human Services
Humanities & Communication
Do you love studying languages, culture, and history? Do you enjoy analyzing literature, film, and art? As our world becomes ever more global and interconnected, we will need professionals to facilitate cross-cultural communication. Students who want to learn more about people and culture should consider majors in the Humanities and Communication pathway.
Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers providing global/cultural perspective, communication, media, language, diversity, writing, critical thinking and/or leadership support in government, education, non-profit or business organizations.
Overlapping Career Cruising Clusters: Education & Training; Hospitality & Tourism; Human Services
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Do you find social issues interesting? Are you curious about why people think and behave and make decisions in the ways they do? Are you interested in other cultures and societies? Students who are interested in learning more about people, society, and relationships should explore majors included in the Social and Behavioral Sciences pathway.
Social science majors develop a diverse set of skills that are applicable in a wide range of careers. Besides the knowledge gained in a particular major, these skills include strong oral and written communication, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, teamwork, organizational, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Majors can lead to careers in government, business, education, social service fields, non-profit organizations, scientific careers, media, criminal justice, and law, among many others.
Overlapping Career Cruising Clusters: Government, Public Administration, Non-Profits; Economics and Business, Social Services; Public Policy and Research.
Note: these majors may also lead to careers within all the other clusters, especially those that support the human and social services within each cluster.