Students headed to the Career Fair

Issues to Consider

While choosing a major is an important step in your education and career, there are many common myths surrounding the subject.

Major Myths

  • Major is destiny! My choice of major will determine the course of my career life.
  • Most students have already decided on a major.
  • You need to choose a major as soon as possible.
  • My major is the most important part of my education.
  • My major will determine what type of job I can get when I graduate.
  • While there are elements of truth to some of these myths, below are some of the realities to consider when making this important decision.

Major Realities

  • For first year students, choosing the correct school is more important than choosing a major.
    UD has four academic divisions: The College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business, The School of Engineering, and the School of Education and Health Sciences. Determining the right school for you is the first step in deciding on a major.
  • Your major is the "icing on the cake".
    Your education as a whole, and your exposure to many different subjects, people and points of view, is very important to your development as a person and as a professional.
  • Skills, abilities, and experience are more important than major to many employers.
    Many employers are open to any majors, but want to find people with appropriate experience and skills.
  • Experience can help in choosing a major.
    Finding an internship or summer job in a field of interest can expose you to experiences and ideas that can help in your choice of major.
  • Education is not the same as training.
    Most majors in the College of Arts and Sciences (psychology, sociology, biology, physics, art, etc.) do not train you for a specific job, but develop skills that can apply to a wide variety of careers. Some majors (for example, accounting, engineering, and education) train you for specific jobs upon graduation.
  • Employers are looking for trainability and communication skills.
    The ability to think critically, express yourself verbally and in writing, take initiative, and learn quickly are skills important for most jobs, and can be obtained in any major.
  • It is YOUR responsibility to figure out what you CAN do, and what you WANT to do!
    You must investigate your personality, interests, values and skills to determine what career paths might be best for you. Luckily, you have many people eager and ready to help you! Career Services, the Counseling Center, and your academic advisor are here to assist you in learning more about yourself and how to make critical decisions.