When Should A Student Pick A Major?

When Should A Student Pick A Major?

As the spring semester begins, many families ask if their undecided student should be picking a major. Others ask if it’s OK if their student changes their major.

These are common questions. Many students are undecided or change their major while at UWM. In fact over 20 percent of this year’s first-year class was undecided.

In general, students should declare a major by the end of their sophomore year to ensure they can still graduate in a timely manner while meeting all of their program requirements. A great place to begin is with take some self-assessments – https://uwm.edu/careerplan/career-assessments/, then the researching of majors and careers, then meeting with a career counselor.

But, each case is different and students should talk with a CPaRC counselor to help them navigate making a decision about their major and career path as well as their Academic Advisor (their current one assigned or one in the school/college they hope to declare in) about when to officially declare their major as each program has different requirements. For a student who isn’t sure where to start, here are a few tips.

  • Review all the majors UWM has to offer (http://www4.uwm.edu/academics/programs.cfm)
  • Research and Investigate Majors and Careers using tools offered by the Career Planning and Resource Center (https://uwm.edu/careerplan/research-major-careers/)
  • Take Ed Psy-110: Planning Your Major and Career

Published Jan. 6, 2022