Major Choice

Find out where your passions lie
Try different courses

Most institutions do not require students to declare a major in the first or second year of study so take the time to discover what Major fits you.


  1. Choose subjects that interest you and aligns with your career goals. Pursuing a major you are not passionate about adds additional challenges and frustrations to your studies.
  2. Research occupations that are commonly attached to various Majors. Use the career centre at your institution to help you.
  3. Eliminate subjects that don't work for you and narrow your selection down to subjects that fit your goals.
  4. Take a range of first and second-year courses in different subject areas. A particular subject that you had not previously considered may grab your attention!
  5. Sort through subjects using larger groupings. For instance, explore fields such as Arts (including courses in Humanities and Social Sciences), Science, Fine Arts, Education, Engineering, Health, Law, and Business Administration. Once you decide on a field of interest, then look at the individual subject areas in it.
  6. Look at your grades in subjects you took in high school or post-secondary. You may have done better in classes that you were interested in.
  7. Determine if there are enough third and fourth year classes that intrigue. Some subjects offer introductory courses that are interesting and easy to navigate. However, upper level courses tend to be more specialized. For any intended Major, find at least 10 third and fourth year courses that you want to enroll in.

Many Majors will prepare you for entry into professional schools such as Education, Law, Engineering, Medicine, and Social Work. People who take Philosophy degrees may not end up being philosophers, but they may go on to become lawyers, doctors, or computer engineers. Also, key employability skills such as basic computer literacy, communication skills, research skills, and being able to work as part of a team can be gained in any Major program.

Use your institution's advisors to help you navigate your studies and help steer you in the right direction with your course selection.

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