Exploring with Purpose - Major Exploration
Major exploration is a process that empowers you to connect your interests, abilities, skills, values, personality, and preferences with the more than 100 areas of study at UNCG. The University offers a number of resources to help you intentionally explore these options.
- Browse Majors at UNCG. The Undergraduate Bulletin is one resource to learn about all the majors available at UNCG, a description of each major, pre-admission requirements, and the courses involved. In addition, you can review information provided by Undergraduate Admissions about majors and topics such as student organizations, internships, graduate school, and careers.
- Utilize the What-If Analysis tool. The What-If Analysis tool is a great way to help you visualize the courses needed to complete a certain major. You may also learn that you have already completed some of the requirements for a major, which may make your decision easier. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a What-If Analysis.
- Take some courses to discover your areas of interest. General Education Core (GEC) requirements apply to all undergraduate students at UNCG. When planning your schedule, look for courses in areas of interest to you that also help you fulfill these requirements. Sometimes, students need to take electives to meet a total number of credits needed for degree requirements, so don’t worry that taking a few electives will extend your intended graduation date.
- Participate in service learning or volunteer work to explore potential career options. Time spent volunteering allows you to gauge your interest in specific areas and spark new interests. Volunteering also allows you to begin networking with people in your field of interest as well as give back to the community. Meeting people who are currently working in the field can give you an idea of the range of educational backgrounds in a certain field. Our campus partners in the Office of Leadership & Service Learning can assist you with finding volunteer opportunities to help in your exploration.
- Join a student organization. Student organizations allow you to learn useful skills and gain leadership experience. Depending on the organization, you may also have a variety of professional development opportunities available so you can begin to network and become more familiar with a specific interest area. A list of student organizations can be found here.
In addition to the major exploration tips above, many students find it helpful to process these experiences with an academic advisor. To schedule an appointment with an Exploratory Academic Advisor, please call (336) 334-5730. Please bring a list of majors you are considering to this appointment.