For many students, the process of choosing a major can seem like an overwhelming task. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. The checklist below provides step-by-step instructions for choosing and declaring a major.

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Step 1: Learn about Majors

View the University Catalog for a list of current majors at BYU. Just click the do it link on the 'view majors at BYU' task below. The University Catalog also helps you learn more about the departments and colleges that offer each major.

Research the majors that interest you. Look at the courses that are required for each major. Are you excited about them? Do you think they will help you in your life and in your career?

The University Advisement Center can help you in your quest to find the right major. Click the visit it link on the 'University Advisement Center' task below to go to their website.

Step 2: Learn about Careers

  1. Take a career exploration class: Student Development (StDev) 117 Career Exploration is a two-credit  course designed to help students choose majors and careers. You will be spending time trying to make these decisions anyway, why not get a college credit for it too?
  2. Take a career interest inventory: As a service of the Career and Academic Success Center (CASC), you now have access to a career interest assessment that is free of charge to BYU students. TypeFocus: Success Through Self-Awareness is an online assessment that generates customized reports based on your personality and interests. Results from TypeFocus assessments can help you understand yourself and assist you in making better college major and career decisions. Instructions for using TypeFocus can be found here.
  3. The CASC offers a variety of other assessments that can be useful for students attempting to choose a major and/or career. Some tests do require a small fee and generally take about 35 minutes to complete.
  4. Work with a plan: Part-time work, summer employment, internships, and volunteer work can be very helpful as you investigate areas of interest that will guide you to make a good career choice. Choose opportunities that will further your career goals.
  5. Visit the Career and Academic Success Center (CASC): The CASC has hundreds of files, books, and workshops that will help you make an informed choice. Click the visit it link on the 'career and academic success center' link below for more information.

Most people will have several careers in their lifetime. Sometimes it’s helpful to think about developing a set of skills that can be used in multiple ways rather than trying to choose just one option.

Step 3: Explore your Options

As you fill your University Core requirements, choose courses that will also introduce you to the majors you are considering. Click the do it link on the 'view university core requirements' task below.

Until you choose a major, the University Advisement Center (UAC) can help you explore your options. Advisors are available to meet with you as often as you need in order to help you choose majors and careers. You can call or walk in to schedule an appointment weekdays from 8:00am-5:00pm except Tuesdays when the office is closed for Devotionals. Click the visit it link on the 'university advisement center' task below to view the UAC website.

Find out about deadlines, prerequisites, and requirements for applying to limited-enrollment majors. Some majors only accept a certain number of students each year. When applying to a limited enrollment major, have a back-up plan in mind in case you are not accepted into the major of your choice.

Step 4: Declare Your Major

Once you decide on a major, submit a request online for your college advisement center's approval. Click the do it link on the 'Declare Major' task below to submit a Change of Major Form.

You can declare any desired minor(s) at your college advisement center. Click the do it link on the 'Find Academic Advisement' task below for contact information about your college advisement center.

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