Major Decision: A Crash Course on the Big Question


Long before high school graduation, many students feel a certain expectation to nail down their future. An unspoken pressure to commit. But where do you start? Read on for helpful info on finding the major that’s right for you!

What is a major?

At some point during your college career, you’ll want to choose a particular area of study – your major. This will determine the specialized courses (along with general course requirements) needed to earn your degree. Most UCA students will receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in their area of choice. The undergraduate degree programs at UCA are broken up into seven colleges: College of Business, Education, Fine Arts & Communication, Health & Behavioral Sciences, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Schedler Honors College. Two of our biggest colleges include the College of Business and the College of Health & Behavioral Sciences.

College of Business

College of Health & Behavioral Sciences

How important is it?

Your major determines your degree, which will determine – at least initially – your expected career path. “Expected” doesn’t necessarily mean “guaranteed.” The average twenty-something, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, switches jobs once every three years. And many people change entire career fields two or three times in their life.

How do I choose a major?

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a major, but most come down to interest and earning potential. Start with what you love. What are your favorite subjects in school? Which classes do you naturally excel in and enjoy? From there, consider possible career paths (and salaries). Explore majors that meet your expectations in both of those areas. Click here to find a full list of career options for each major. If you aren’t sure on first steps, our Career Services team can help you discover your options and give you resources for career opportunities.

When do I declare a major?

Sure, you might already know what you want to study in college. If not, that’s okay! Most colleges, including UCA, don’t require you to declare a major until sophomore year. So take your time. No matter what major you choose, you still have general courses to take during your first few semesters. You can be “Undecided” until then.

Can I change it later?

The short answer is yes. You can switch from one major to another. The biggest challenge is that you might have already taken prerequisite courses for the first major that no longer apply toward the next one. This doesn’t have to be an obstacle. Just something to keep in mind when considering your options.

How about double majors? And minors?

These are less confusing than you might think. Want to pursue TWO majors at once? You can (although a double major obviously requires twice the time and energy!). A minor is similar to a major, but with fewer course requirements. It can be a companion area of interest to your major or a completely unrelated area.

What are my choices?

If you’ve got the dream, UCA has the degree. For details on available majors, programs, opportunities and more, visit [link here] now.


Eric Rob Isaac