Deciding on and declaring a major is an important part of the college experience, and does not come easy for most.  In fact, 3 in 4 students change their major at some point in their college career. Now is your chance to explore new opportunities and identify your future goals.  Take advantage of the resources here at OSU-Cascades to make the best decision for you.

1. Take Career Assessments

  • Utilize Focus 2 Career to learn more about your interests, values and personality and how they relate to academic programs. This assessment can be interpreted on your own, however,  you can meet with a career coach if you have questions or would like help processing your results. 
  • Additional assessments are also available through the Career Development Center. Schedule a Major & Career Exploration appointment in Handshake for an intake session and more information. 

2. Research Majors and Related Career Options

3. Choose a Major

After all that research, you may still have two or three majors that you really like and are having a difficult time choosing between. Understand that you are now more informed on each major and cannot make a bad decision at this point. Each major would be a good fit for you for one reason or another. Ultimately, you will need to choose and/or look at possible ways to combine major/minor options and additional courses of interest. Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor or the Career Development Center if you would like more assistance in processing your decision.

4. Implement Your Decision

  • Visit your Academic Advisor to make sure you are ready to declare your new major
  • Fill out a Change of Undergraduate Program form
  • Start taking classes that contribute to your new major! 
  • Continue to reflect on your goals and commitments as you progress through degree attainment

Have additional questions?

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