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Major Exploration

The University of Bridgeport offers over 34 undergraduate majors in a variety of areas of study. We encourage you to begin gathering information about majors of interest so you can best weigh your different options. Some questions you might ask yourself when considering majors are:

  • What types of classes are offered as a part of the major?
  • Does the major offer room for minors, areas or concentration, or specializations?
  • Does the major require a certain GPA standard or application/audition process?
  • Will graduate school be strongly encouraged after the completion of the major?
  • What excites you or does not excite you about the major?

Taking an introductory course in a major of interest is a great way to “test out” the major. These courses will vary by department and college, but will introduce you to the basic academic content of the major.

The Undergraduate Catalog is a great resource for you to use when wanting to learn more about the specific coursework required for majors. In the Catalog, you will find each major listed with descriptions of the program along with the classes and requirements for each major.

The “What Can I Do With This Major?” website will help you connect majors to careers or you can visit with the staff in the Center for Career Development.

After you have identified a possible major of interest, a great way to learn more details about the major is to contact and visit with experts (faculty, academic advisors, etc.) within the department of interest.

If you are considering changing your major we can help you find the right fit for you.

Self-Discovery

Discovering more about yourself can help with the discovery of a future major. A good place to start on the path to self-discovery is to determine if you can clearly define and describe your interests, skills, and values. These three components will play an important role in connecting you with possible majors.

The Center for Career Development offers several opportunities for self-discovery through interests and skills inventories. Try the Focus2 assessment to discover majors and careers that match your interests and visit a career advisor to review your results in a follow-up appointment.

Find Your Passion

Sometimes choosing a major begins with identifying your passions and values. Consider: what you love to do, what causes or activities you tend to devote your time, and what you care deeply about.

The University of Bridgeport offers around 50 student organizations. Learn more about organizations that might help you better develop your passions by visiting Student Clubs and Organizations.

The University of Bridgeport’s Center for Civic Engagement allows students opportunities for learning through service, leadership, and action. Visit their website to learn about the exciting ways to get engaged!

Career Exploration

While you are exploring majors of interest, it can be helpful to research career interests at the same time. It could be that you discover a career field that matches your interests, skills, and values, and work backwards to determine what major will prepare you best for that career.

Shadowing a professional is a great way to experience first-hand what a typical day may look like in a career of interest. Through a shadowing experience, you also will have the opportunity to ask an expert for inside advice about the career you are exploring. Ask the Center for Career Development to help you set up a shadowing experience with professionals in the area.

As you look for a career that is the best fit for you, it is important to consider things like the content of the work, work conditions, work environment, pay, etc. Begin exploring these factors for various careers through the resources published on the Career Services website such as, Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Even though it is not yet time for you to submit job applications, reading through job descriptions can be a helpful way to better understand what the day-to-day activities of a job or profession may entail.

Decision Making

Everyone has a different timeline for deciding what major to pursue; and everyone has a different decision making style. The key is to keep moving forward in your decision making process. Each step you take in your exploration process can help you to make a good decision – the only wrong decision is doing nothing at all.

Take a look at the statements below and see which one you resemble the most.  Then do the recommendations to start your exploration journey.

Career Oriented (I know what career I want)

  1. Research what education is required
  2. Talk with an AAC academic advisor
  3. Review majors in the Undergraduate Catalog

Majors in Mind (I’ve narrowed down majors)

  1. Consider, “What info do I need to make a decision?”
  2. Ask yourself how the majors are similar/different? What attracts you to each major?
  3. Do job shadowing in each area
  4. Join academic student groups

No Majors in Mind (I’m undecided)

  1. Refer to the “Major Exploration” section above for how to start.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Academic Advising Center

  • Wahlstrom Library, Room 506
    126 Park Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • (203) 576-6632

  • advising@bridgeport.edu

Nov
29
Wed
Finals Prep @ Wahlstrom 500C
Nov 29 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Students will learn specific study and time management techniques to master finals, manage stress, and avoid burnout.

Nov
30
Thu
Health Services Workshop @ Wahlstrom 500C
Nov 30 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Health Services will provide an overview of the services they offer to students.  Workshops will be around a topic related to health and wellness. Further details to come.

Three sessions are available. Each session runs from 1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.:

  • Health Services 1,  Tuesday, September 26
  • Health Services 2, Wednesday, October 11
  • Health Services 3, Wednesday, Nov 30. This workshop will be about a topic related to health and wellness.
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