Use this checklist to research majors of interest more thoroughly. Try to focus on at least 2-3 activities and take notes about what you learned.
- Look through the major’s page of the Behrend website to gain a deeper understanding of that major.
- Read the major’s upper-level course descriptions in the Bulletin (courses are hyperlinked in the Suggested Academic Plan).
- Ask a professor to sit in on a lecture in a relevant course. Set up a specific date.
- Search BehrendSync for a club related to this major. Attend the club’s talks and events. Make sure to listen and ask questions.
- Visit faculty members during their office hours. Prepare a list of questions before you go.
- Find job shadowing opportunities for hands-on experience. Follow up with a Career Counselor in the Career Services office.
- Think about how the major will help you contribute to society. Does it feel like a good fit for you?
- How will the major make you a more interesting and capable person?
- What have you learned in the last week in your courses? Why is this information interesting or important?
- Do you want to be a part of the major’s community? Why?
- Consider your hobbies, books you like to read, activities you do in your spare time, or things that make you proud of yourself. Your interests don’t have to directly tie to an academic area.
Make an appointment with your assigned academic adviser (listed in LionPATH) or a career counselor in the Career Services office to discuss what you learned.