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Visit with faculty and student reps from each major as you explore options before registration begins. Learn about the relationship between majors and careers, and access self-assessment tools to help you identify possibilities. Sophomores, first-years, and new transfer students may find this event especially helpful.

Here are some tips to make the most of the fair:

Before the Fair

  • Review the Course Catalog for information on degree and major requirements
  • Check out the degree plan for the major(s) or minor(s) you are interested in

During the Fair

Faculty, staff, and/or student representatives will be available at the fair to share information about their majors and minors. Below is a list of potential questions you may want to ask the departments to help you explore your options.

  • What would I learn about when studying this major?
  • What minors are available in this department?
  • What is expected of students in this major?
  • What are good courses to take to explore this major/minor?
  • What type of coursework and projects can I expect in the courses?
  • What are the required courses?
  • What are some of the specialties of faculty in your department?
  • What are some internships, research opportunities, and/or student organizations that are associated with this major?
  • Are there any specific study abroad programs that would be good for this major?
  • Are there any community engaged learning experiences that I should pursue to help me try out this academic area or career path?
  • What types of careers have alumni pursued with this major?
  • Is graduate study/professional school required or suggested to pursue careers related to this major?
  • (For student representatives) What do you like best about this major?

Also, be sure to collect any handouts, business cards, and/or flyers to follow up on information after the fair.

After the Fair

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your goals and courses for next semester
  • Declare your major/minor when you are ready (you may change your major/minor at any time, as necessary)
  • Follow up with faculty as needed
  • Attend department interest meetings and relevant student organization meetings
  • Consider using the TypeFocus Careers Assessment through the Center for Career & Professional Development to help you articulate your personality, interests, skills, and values and identify related career possibilities
  • Visit Center for Career and Professional Development to learn more about internship and career opportunities

 

Southwestern University supports learning wherever it takes place. The Center for Career & Professional Development contributes to the Southwestern University Student Life MOSAIC initiative by providing advising, programming and resources to help students develop as a whole person. This event helps you to:

  • Make Meaning of the Academic Experience
  • Shape Identity
  • Construct a Well-Managed Life