Choosing a Major & Career


While some careers require a specific undergraduate major, many do not. Nursing and Accounting are examples of careers which require a specific undergraduate major. Meanwhile, a degree in Liberal Arts (for example, History, Humanities, Chicano/a Studies) might take you in several directions.

You can begin exploring the connection between majors and careers by attending a Choosing a Major/Choosing a Career workshop. Undeclared or undecided on your major? Sign up for Freshman Fridays at the Career Center. Find a general description of the majors, careers, and career options at What Can I Do with This Major?

With this information, you may be ready to declare your major or make a decision about your career, but if you are still uncertain or have questions, you may want to make an appointment with a career coach for guidance through the decision process.

The Process Involves

 Freshman Fridays

Every Spring semester, the Career Center hosts a special workshop series for Freshman and Sophomore students who are undecided, undeclared, or thinking of changing their majors. 
In the 4-week Freshman Fridays program, students will have the opportunity to: 
  • Discover majors & careers that are the best fit 
  • Find out personal strengths and how to use them in college
  • Network with industry professions
  • Meet other CSUDH Freshman and Sophomore students
For Spring 2016, Freshman Fridays will take place on 4 consecutive Fridays in April: April 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 1pm - 3pm at the Career Center. Each Freshman Fridays participant will receive a Certificate of Completion and a personalized recommendation on his/her LinkedIn profile.
Any questions? Contact the Career Center for more information. 


  • Identify important skills, interests and values.
  • Make an appointment with a career coach in the Career Center for career coaching and vocational assessments.
  • For a helpful online tool, use our Focus 2 program.
    (Your access code is "gotoros".)

Researching Majors and Careers

Analyzing your Results

  • Organize and evaluate all the information
  • Consider possible outcomes, consequences and probability
  • Identify the best alternatives
  • Conduct additional research if necessary
  • Develop a short list of possible careers/majors

Choosing Options

  • Select a primary and secondary career option based on what career is best suited for you at this time in your life
  • Discuss findings with career coach
  • Maintain an open mind to new and changing factors that may impact your career choices
  • Remember: What you decide today will probably not be your lifelong career; it's just the beginning