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Finding the Right Major For You

How do you choose a major? 
Ultimately the only one who can choose the right major for you is you! However, there are many support services on campus which can facilitate this process.  Pathways Center peers can educate you about every major offered at Wartburg and how they can fit with your personal/professional goals.

Connect Majors with Your Passions - Vocation Programs

How and when do you declare a major? 
You declare your major by completing the Declaration of Major form. Your adviser can assist you with filling the form out and they must sign it.  If you wish to change majors and thus need a new adviser, you need to inform the Registrar's Office. Pathways Center peers can assist you in every step of deciding on a major.

Although there is not a specific deadline for declaring a major, it is recommended that the sooner one does the better.  Typically midway through your second year your adviser will encourage you to begin a serious consideration of what major you want to choose.

The Pathways Center Resource Library houses print and electronic resources available for check-out to help you explore career and major related opportunities throughout your college years.

Exploring Resources

Explore Career Fields in the Liberal Arts

 

Interests & Personality 


Work Values & Skills


Wondering What You Can Do With Certain Majors?

Occupation & Career Information
Occupation / Career Research Resources
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Guide to career information about hundreds of occupations.
O-Net  - Your tool for career exploration with detailed job descriptions
-My Next Move - What do you want to do for a living?
-America's Career InfoNet - Occupational information and employment trends?
Learn How to Become - Take your first step down the path to your dreams.  

Career Planning Timetable (PDF)

Career Assessments

Career Services has a variety of interest and personality inventories to help you pinpoint your interests and possible corresponding career choices. Some popular options include:

Strong Interest Inventory (SII) - recognize work or learning environments that fit your interests and may lead to a satisfying career choice. This inventory takes 35-40 minutes to complete. A follow-up appointment with Career Services is required.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - examine your preferences for taking in information, making decisions, and other personality descriptors. Learn how to identify criteria for career satisfaction, work-related strengths, and potential blind spots. A follow-up appointment with Career Services is required. 



Life Values Inventory - The Life Values Inventory Online was developed to help you clarify your values and serve as a blueprint for effective decision-making and optimal functioning.  A follow-up appointment with Career Services is required. 
Orange Connection

(Click the image above to learn more about the Orange Connection)

The Orange Connection program is a career mentoring experience designed to allow you to connect and/or "shadow" with Wartburg alumni in the Chicago and Des Moines areas.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about a specific occupation or line of work you might be interested in.  Click on the image above to learn more.