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Students have questions about majors as they enter college and often again throughout their first few semesters. Depending on where you are in your exploration, consider the following questions:

  • What classes have you liked or not liked?
  • What areas of interest stand out in your life?
  • When you think about your future, what problems would you like to solve?

Once you take time to consider these questions for yourself, make a list of the UT majors you’re considering and the reasons why you think they would be a good fit. If you currently have a major and are considering changing it, consider what you see as important in a new major.

Use the Roadmap to Exploration (PDF) to answer some introductory probing questions related to action steps and how to begin your UT Exploration process. Then, use the Academic Exploration Guidebook (PDF) to continue your exploration process.

Things to Remember:

Be open to new ideas.

College is a time to identify and explore your passions.
College is a time to identify and explore your passions. Get the most out of your Baccalaureate Experience core by taking courses you find intriguing. They might lead you down a path you’ve never considered before.

Don’t underestimate the role your interests play in your academic success.

Imagine spending four years of in-depth study in a subject you don’t enjoy.
Imagine spending four years of in-depth study in a subject you don’t enjoy. You’re more likely to achieve your academic goals when you’re excited and engaged.

Evaluate your abilities.

You have a set of strengths and weaknesses that are uniquely you.
You have a set of strengths and weaknesses that are uniquely you. You wouldn’t pursue a career on Broadway if you couldn’t sing. Think about how your skills fit with the different majors at UT.

Don’t assume that a major leads down one career path.

There are multiple paths to most careers.
There are multiple paths to most careers, and a single major can lead to multiple careers. Don’t let this hold you back.

Create your own path.

Remember this is YOUR unique educational experience.
Remember this is YOUR unique educational experience, and you can tailor it however you want. Many UT students double major or minor in a secondary area of interest.