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Choosing a Major


  1. Identify Areas You Want to Know and Understand
    Success in a major depends on the right combination of interests, skills, efforts, and aptitudes. If you choose a major only because of its job possibilities and fail to look at your own interests and aptitudes, you will probably be disappointed. Broaden your horizons, explore what you find interesting-what excites you most.
  2. Choose a Major on Criteria Other than Current Job Opportunities
    Many college students see college only as a vehicle for gaining economic security and mobility. Thus, they try to choose majors and a career on the basis of current job opportunities. Become educated, not merely trained.
  3. Develop Flexibility and Adaptability
    The only things you can really count on in the future are change and a continued knowledge explosion. Some futurists have estimated that today's high school graduates will be in five to seven different careers during their lifetime. Flexibility and adaptability, learning how to learn, and learning to think carefully and critically are the aims of a strong liberal arts education such as that available at BYU–Hawaii.

    For some jobs, employers do not require a degree in a particular major. In these cases, employers respond favorably to applicants who have developed analytical skills, who have the ability to reason abstractly, and who have learned to communicate effectively.

    Below are commonly asked questions followed by a list of resources where you can find answers. Unless otherwise noted, you can access all of these resources through the Career Center, CAF 180, (808) 675-3533.

  4. How Do I Choose a Major?
    Review the majors offered at BYU–Hawaii and their requirements.
    • Open Major Academic Advisor: (808) 675-3791.
    • Department Academic Advisor: See listing in each Department section of this catalog.
    • Career Services: (808) 675-3533.
    • Directory section of this catalog.

    Determine what majors best fit your interest.

    • Open Major Academic Advisor: (808) 675-3791.
    • Career Services website (career.byuh.edu): Self-Assessment, Choosing a Major.
    • Student Development 101, 102, 103. See current class schedule .

    Identify career opportunities available in the majors.

    • Career Services, CAF 180, (808) 675-3533
    • Career Services website (career.byuh.edu): What Can I Do With This Major?, Major to Career Guide.
    • Campus departments.
  5. What Do I Do if I'm Having Difficulty Deciding on a Major?
    Learn what majors are available at BYU–Hawaii.
    • Directory section of this catalog.
    • Department Academic Advisor: See listing in each Department section of this catalog.
    • Open Major Academic Advisor
    • Career Services
    • Counseling and Disability Services

    Learn about the opportunities and requirements for the majors in which I am interested.

    • Career Services
    • Career Services website (career.byuh.edu): Choosing a Major.
    • Talk with an expert in the field. Contact that department.
    • Student Development 102, 103. See current class schedule.
    • Department Academic Advisor: See listing in each department section of this catalog.
  6. I Know My Major. Now What?
    Find out my major requirements.
    • Department Academic Advisor: See listing in each department section of this catalog.
    • Counseling and Disability Services

    Declare my major.

    • Department Academic Advisor: See listing in each department section of this catalog.
  7. How Do I Prepare for Life after Graduation?
    Learn about employment opportunities.
    • Career Services, CAF 180, (808) 675-3533
    • Career Services website (career.byuh.edu)
    • Directory section of this catalog.

    Learn about further graduate school opportunities and professional training.

    • Career Services, CAF 180, (808) 675-3533
    • Career Services website (career.byuh.edu)
    • Counseling and Disability Services
    • Department Academic Advisor: See listing in each department section of this catalog.
    • Directory section of this catalog.