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Choosing a Major

The major (or majors) you choose as an undergraduate will allow you to gain entry to a particular intellectual community and develop specialized knowledge and certain important transferable skills. Regardless of your major, after graduation from LSA you will be positioned to find employment in nearly every career field. The overwhelming majority of employers who recruit University of Michigan students do not focus narrowly on a student’s major. Rather, they want to talk with students who have pursued their interests in a rigorous fashion, been motivated by purpose, and can effectively articulate the relevance of their expertise and professional experience.

While some students may arrive on campus with an idea about which major they would like to declare, most students usually spend their first and second years exploring various majors. Ideally, the choice of a major is the end product of a process of reflection, research, and action. If you choose a major and then begin to have second thoughts, don’t feel like you are stuck. Many students often change their minds about a major after they discover a different and better option.