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 the What Can I Do with This Major? website.

With this information, you may be ready to declare your major or make a decision about your career. However, 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 Decision Process

1. Self-Assessment


2. Researching Majors and Careers


3. Analyzing Your Results

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

4. 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 your findings with a 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!

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 four-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 Freshmen and Sophomores
Each Freshman Fridays participant will receive a Certificate of Completion and a personalized recommendation on their  LinkedIn profile.

Any questions? Contact the Career Center at (310) 243-3625 or via email at careercenter@csudh.edu for more information. 

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