Help! I need a Major!

Missouri State University has over 150 different options for majors!

Can you list them all? If not, you need to check out what is available. Chances are you will find majors you never knew existed and one might be the perfect fit for you.

View the list of majors Missouri State University offers.

  • Print the list and mark through the majors you know you don’t like.
  • Circle majors that are unfamiliar to you. They might be interesting if you knew what they involved.
  • Star any majors that interest you.
  • Attend the Majors Fair hosted every fall by the Academic Advising and Transfer Center.

Begin to compare majors that interest you

Try the Highlighter Method.

Online resources to research Majors and Careers:

Interview faculty and staff in the majors that interest you.

Setting up an interview appointment:

  • Request an interview via email, be specific about what you hope to discuss.
  • Make a good impression – confirm your appointment 24 hours in advance, dress appropriately, and arrive early.
  • Conduct the interview by using planned questions. Begin by expressing your gratitude for your interviewee’s time, then explain your current situation.

Here are some suggested questions you may want to ask:

  • Is there a core curriculum to be completed before application to your program?
  • Is there an introductory or informational course about this major?
  • What class should I try out first if I think I might be interested in this major and want to explore it?
  • Is there a GPA requirement?
  • Which degree is most marketable / preferred for graduate school (BS, BA, BSED)?
  • Is a master’s degree necessary for me to be competitive in this field?
  • What internship / career opportunities exist with a degree in this area?
  • Are there related fields I could look into?
  • Are these opportunities available to me in this geographic region (MO, KS, OK, AR)? Elsewhere?
  • Involvement in what campus activities could help make me more marketable?
  • Every major has several different areas of emphasis or directions I could go within the field. What are the different areas or emphasis within this major? What are the differences? Which area is experiencing the most growth?
  • How did you select this area of study?
  • What career paths are graduates with this major pursuing?
  • Last and probably the most important: Would you be willing to connect me with anyone else you know who might be able to offer some advice?

Interview and career shadow personnel in careers that interest you.

Setting up an interview appointment:

  • Request an interview via email, be specific about what you hope to discuss.
  • Prepare yourself to make a good impression – confirm your appointment 24 hours in advance, dress appropriately, update your resume (to give only if requested), and arrive early.
  • Conduct the interview by using planned questions. Begin by expressing your gratitude for your interviewee’s time, then explain your current situation.

Here are some suggested questions you may want to ask:

  • How did you find and get hired for your current position (or your first job)?
  • Please tell me about your job. (What is a typical day like? What are your primary responsibilities? With whom do you interact? What hours do you work?) Try to get a balanced perspective by asking for pros and cons.
  • Tell me about how you made the decisions in your career path—why you chose this field, why you took positions and left positions. If you could do things all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself? If not, what would you change?
  • What does your company look for in the people they hire? (Note: It puts people on the defensive to ask if their company is hiring right now. Instead, keep your questions more general.)
  • How do you think my university’s reputation is viewed when it comes to hiring?
  • What part(s) of your college experience best prepared you for your career?
  • What is the best decision you made as an undergraduate with respect to your professional life? What actions should I take now to set myself up for getting a great job?
  • Who were your mentors when you first graduated and began your career? How about now?
  • How do you build a relationship with someone you want to be your mentor?
  • What skills and experience are most impressive in your field? How would you recommend I get that experience?
  • What are the typical entry-level job titles and functions? What entry level jobs do you feel are best for learning as much as possible?
  • How is “work-life balance” for most people in your company or industry?
  • What publications should I be reading to be in the loop in the industry?
  • What organizations do you recommend I join and what events should I attend?
  • What people do you admire in the industry? How can I learn more about them?
  • What do you think is the outlook for your industry?
  • Do you have any specific advice for me based on my background and experience?
  • Would you be willing to review my resume and offer your opinion and advice for improving it?
  • Last and probably the most important: Would you be willing to connect me with anyone else you know who might be able to offer some advice?