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Are you overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a major? Does it seem like everyone around you has declared a major? Have you declared a major and now you’re having second thoughts? Choosing a major can be stressful, and yet it can also be a great opportunity to explore what you are truly passionate about in life.

Step One: Know yourself.

How well do you know yourself? Having a clear picture of your interests, abilities, and skills is a necessary starting point for picking a major. Consider scheduling an appointment with a career development advisor to develop your vocational identity.

Step Two: Gather Information.

Take a good look at the majors that are available at CU Boulder. Complete the Majors Card Sort or review the programs available at CU Boulder to find what piques your interest.

Step Three: Career Exploration.

Now that you have narrowed down your options, take some time to explore what sort of career you could have with this degree.

Step Four: Reality Check.

Does your major align with your vision for your future? It is important to consider if your major of choice is realistic. Sometimes a certain subject can sound fascinating, but the work required can be overwhelming. Check out old syllabi and textbooks to see if the coursework required matches your preferred learning style. Also, check in with your academic advisor to plan your schedule and meet graduation requirements.

Step Five: Take Action!

Check out the Academic Advising Center’s website to find out how to declare your major. Be sure to check for requirements for the major including GPA, prerequisite courses, and admission requirements.