How to Narrow Down What Degree to Major In

How to Narrow Down What Degree to Major In

Attending college is a financial investment and time commitment. While you can always begin as an exploratory student and narrow your focus after a year or two, it’s advantageous to enter a program with a specific degree in mind, if possible. Here are some tips to help you decide what degree to major in.

  • Consider your interests. Start by thinking about which of your passions could set you on the path to a satisfying and rewarding career. If you enjoy helping people, a degree in criminal justice, nursing, or social work may be right for you. If you love children, majoring in teaching or family studies could be worthwhile. Or if you like technology, studying computer information systems or radiology might be the right fit.
  • Determine what level of education you need. Do a little research to help you find out whether you’ll need an associate’s degree, doctorate, or something in between to get hired at your dream job. A four-year bachelor’s degree is adequate for many high-paying positions, but teaching jobs, for example, usually require a master’s degree.
  • Test out majors by taking introductory classes. Students aren’t required to have their degree figured out when they enroll in college. If you just can’t narrow it down, take several intro classes for the degrees that interest you most. After one semester, you may realize that your Marketing 101 class bored you, but the psychology course piqued your interest. Use these impressions to point you in the right direction.
  • Ask for advice. You don’t have to figure this out all on your own. Ask your parents, older siblings, and friends for suggestions based on their experiences both during and after college. Is there a specific path they recommend? Anything they wish they had done differently? You can garner valuable insights by asking people you trust for help.
  • Meet with an academic advisor. Everyone’s career goals are a little different, so it’s useful to speak with an advisor who can help you design an educational path to help you get there. A counselor can help you select a degree and sign up for the right classes at the right time to ensure you graduate within the desired timeframe.

At Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s global campus, eNSU, we offer 40 online degree programs ranging from the associate’s degree level to postgraduate and doctorate degrees. We have something for just about everyone, and our online learning platform makes it possible to earn a degree from anywhere! Our academic advising services can help you get on the right path to a successful college experience and future career.

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