Choosing a Major

What is a Major?

A major is a field you have decided to study in depth, as part of your Rollins College curriculum.  For Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies students, there are over 30 majors at Rollins, plus the self-designed major. Each major requires you to take specific courses that are listed in the catalogue and can also be found on Major-Minor Maps.  For Hamilton Holt Evening students, majors are listed on their Programs webpage. Each major typically requires 12-18 courses.  

 

What Can I DO With a Major?

Click here to see a long list of majors and potentially relevant career fields.  Although a liberal arts education at Rollins prepares you for success in a variety of fields, there are occupations that naturally draw from the same interests and skills you may develop while studying a particular major in college.  Don't forget to also view the "Links" connected to each major, as these offer opportunities to learn more about the major, the specific field of work, internships and related job opportunities.

 

How Do I Choose a Major? 

If you have not yet gone through the Self Assessment page of our Web site, take some time to do so. Your major and career selection process will go much more smoothly after you have a grasp on your values, interests, skills, personality type and what you want most out of life. 

 

Rollins Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies students are required to declare a major before the end of their sophomore year.  Hamilton Holt students may wait and declare their major at a later time but we suggest not waiting too long.  This choice will direct your remaining years towards a focused area of study. Many people have a difficult time choosing a major because:

  • They believe their choice of major dictates their eventual career, when in fact (with a few exceptions), a major does not restrict career opportunities. A major may lead to decisions about the future, but it doesn’t predict the future.
  • They think that choosing one major will restrict them from studying other subjects of interest - it won’t.

  • They do not have enough information about the various academic choices available to them.

  • They are influenced by others (usually parents or peers) to choose a major they really do not like.


Your challenge is to choose a major based on your values, interests, skills, and personality type.  Begin by asking yourself:

  • Am I drawn to fine arts, business, the life sciences, the mathematical sciences, the humanities, or combinations of these areas?

  • Do I enjoy subjects focused on data or people; numbers or words?

  •  How do I learn best: Lecture? Small group discussion? Case studies? Hands on applications?

  • Are there courses I have taken that I truly enjoy? Are there similarities in these courses?

  • In which academic areas do I excel?


Next, become informed about your major options:

  • Read the Rollins catalogue and talk to your academic advisor.

  • Visit Career Services and:

    • 1) talk to a career counselor

    • 2) read books on "What Can I Do With a Major In...", handouts, etc.

    • 3) take an interest or values assessment on Choices Planner

  • Visit academic departments and observe classes in departments of interest.

  • Make an appointment to talk with an academic advisor in TJ's Student Resource Center.
  • Volunteer or work part-time in an academic department.

  • Talk to students and faculty in the major you are considering.

  • Volunteer with local organizations that interest you.

  • Call companies to set up informational interviews to discuss careers and majors that companies look for in graduates.

  • Work in summer employment positions related to your major.

  • Gain experience through on-campus leadership positions with extracurricular groups.

  • Participate in an internship.

 

Researching Majors - What to Ask

  • How many credit hours are required to complete this major?

  • What prerequisites are required to enter or complete this major?

  • Is it possible to minor in this area, as well as major?

  • Who are the professors in this academic department?

  • What specifically interests me about this major?

  • Why would I expect to do well in this course of study?

  • List four skills I would need to be successful in the study of this major?

  • Does this major require any laboratory time, internships, or study abroad? If so, what are these requirements?

  • Is there a minimum grade required for each course in this major? If so, what?

  • Looking through the Rollins online catalog, how many of the courses offered in this major genuinely appeal to me?

  • What are other majors that might be similar to this one?

  • What is the connection between this major and my career plans?

  • What are examples of careers of Rollins graduates with this major?


Gather all the information you’ve researched and compare the results and experiences to discover the similarities. You will find certain interests appearing time and time again, or you may eliminate areas you had previously considered. Remember that good planning gives you a better chance of choosing the major that’s right for you.

 

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