Explore Majors and Careers

Steps to choosing a major

What do you enjoy doing?
Think about the classes (elective and required) and extracurricular activities you have completed in the past. What did you excel at and like the most? What did they involve? Why did you like them so much?

What are you good at doing?
Determine your skills and abilities. What things come easy to you? Are they technical, intellectual, or creative?

What is important?
Look at your values. Is it more important to have a career you love rather than prestige? Is it more important for you to be creative rather than have job security?

How do you work?
Do you like to work on your own or in a group? Do you prefer to make decisions based on logic or by what "feels" right? Your personality and interests shape what type of work and what major you’d prefer.

Gather information
Explore available majors by utilizing the Bulletin and Academics pages. Review course descriptions and make note of options that interest you.

Explore school web pages
Check out the individual pages and degree maps of majors that interest you.

Attend events
Check out major-related events, such as information sessions and open house events.

Network
Meet with representatives from departments of interests such as deans, program coordinators, academic advisors, faculty, upperclassmen, and alumni to discuss majors and career paths.

Sample majors
During your first year at IU Southeast, register in introductory courses in your areas of interest. Many times, attending these courses can help fulfill general education requirements while also providing you more in-depth knowledge of your field of interest.  

Immerse yourself
Find relevant events on the campus calendar. These can be things like campus lectures, discipline-related student organization meetings, major fairs, open house events, and presentations given by the IU Southeast Career Development Center.

Review
Think about all the information you have gathered through your assessments and research. What does the information look like when you consider the big picture?

Weigh pros and cons
Look at the positives and negatives. Try to narrow down options to two or three top majors.

Still can’t decide?
Consider adding a minor, certificate, or double major in one of your areas of interest.

Resources and tools for self-discovery

We’ve gathered a variety of resources and tools, such as assessments and inventories, to help you learn more about your personality, interests, values, and skills.

Majors

Biology
School of Natural Sciences

Business
School of Business

Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences

Clinical Lab Science
School of Natural Sciences

Communication
School of Arts & Letters

Computer Science
School of Natural Sciences

Criminology / Criminal Justice
School of Social Sciences

Economics
School of Business

Elementary Education
School of Education

Secondary Education
School of Education

Special Education
School of Education

English
School of Arts & Letters

Fine Arts
School of Arts & Letters

Geosciences
School of Natual Sciences

Health Information Administration
School of Natual Sciences

Informatics
School of Natual Sciences

International Studies
School of Social Sciences

Journalism
School of Social Sciences

Mathematics
School of Natual Sciences

Modern Languages
School of Arts & Letters

Music
School of Arts & Letters

Neuroscience
School of Social Sciences

Nursing
School of Nursing

Physics
School of Natural Sciences

Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Psychology
School of Social Sciences

Safety Science
School of Business

Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Sustainability
School of Natural Sciences

Biology
School of Natural Sciences

Business
School of Business

Chemistry
School of Natural Sciences

Clinical Lab Science
School of Natural Sciences

Communication
School of Arts & Letters

Computer Science
School of Natural Sciences

Criminology / Criminal Justice
School of Social Sciences

Economics
School of Business

Elementary Education
School of Education

Secondary Education
School of Education

Special Education
School of Education

English
School of Arts & Letters

Fine Arts
School of Arts & Letters

Geosciences
School of Natual Sciences

Health Information Administration
School of Natual Sciences

Informatics
School of Natual Sciences

International Studies
School of Social Sciences

Journalism
School of Social Sciences

Mathematics
School of Natual Sciences

Modern Languages
School of Arts & Letters

Music
School of Arts & Letters

Neuroscience
School of Social Sciences

Nursing
School of Nursing

Physics
School of Natural Sciences

Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Psychology
School of Social Sciences

Safety Science
School of Business

Sociology
School of Social Sciences

Sustainability
School of Natural Sciences