Choosing a Major
I'm really undecided about a major. How should I choose?
You may be "less undecided" than you think! Often, students know of many majors they are NOT interested in, so you may have narrowed the field considerably without even realizing it. Choosing a major has a lot to do with what topics interest you, what values are important to you, what skills you have or would like to have, even your personality style. So getting to know yourself is a first step.
Knowing what majors are available is also a way to brainstorm areas you might find interesting. Open a catalog from Columbia, CSU Stanislaus, or UC Davis to the "Majors offered" page. Look at each major and rate each a yes, a maybe, or a no. You may have a lot of maybes at first; but once you begin reading about them, they'll migrate higher or lower on your list.
Another approach is to search careers first, then think about majors second. Take one of our career courses like Guidance 1 -Career Life Planning or Guidance 11 -Occupational Exploration, or visit the Career Center to find out how to begin your career search.
What is a major? Do I have to declare one?
A major is an organized program of courses within a discipline leading to an Associate Degree, Career Technical Education Certificate, or transfer to a college or university. You must declare a program of study as part of our Student Success and Support Program, even if it is 'undecided.' Normally, when you apply for admissions, there is a space for you to declare a major. If you haven't declared one, or if you have declared one and would like to change it, you must meet with a counselor for assistance in major selection and declaration.
I have decided on a major or chosen to change my major. How do I update it?
To update your major, log in to connectColumbia and follow the instructions below.