Choosing A Major

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What is a major?

A major is a mix of classes and experiences that combine to provide a student with both in-depth and broad based skills and knowledge. Majors usually fall into one of two categories; Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) majors, which teach a broad range of skills, and professional majors, which tend to lead directly into one specific career or career field. At OU we offer mostly LAS majors and a very small number of professional majors (such as Accounting).

If you’ve not yet chosen a major, don’t worry … you’re not alone! Up to 80 percent of students entering college, including many of those who declare a major, are unsure about their academic or career goals. Up to 50 percent of students will change their major at least once before graduation; others will change several times.

What Can I do with a Major in… ?

It is completely acceptable for students to select their major based on what they enjoy studying, not necessarily on what they intend to do for a career. If this is the case, then selecting your major can be made much easier by trying out classes in a few areas that interest you. A key to this type of major search is to pick classes that you both enjoy, and that you perform well in academically. You may really enjoy Art History and earn high grades in those classes. Unless you have set your heart on being an accountant, or an engineer or something equally specialized, then an Art History major can work well for you! Art History majors can go to law school, become teachers, or work in museums or galleries. But they can also, with a well-planned internship or summer job, go on to careers in advertising, sales, marketing, or management!

Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, the site below will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.

This website offers special access for Oglethorpe students.

Please note: you must click on the link above and be redirected from this website in order to be allowed access. If you type the URL into your browser, you will not be able to gain access.

What can I do with my major?

What is a double major?

A double major offers students the choice to take courses in two areas of interest while simultaneously earning degrees in both majors. This option allows for more in-depth study than a minor would, but requires more coursework. A double major could be in two similar interests of study such as Psychology and Sociology, or in unrelated fields such as Biology and Theatre, depending on the student’s interests and career goals.

For more information on double majoring, visit this website:

Double Major Guide