Advice for Choosing a Major or Minor at EMU

Eastern Michigan University

College is hard. We can all admit that. It’s even harder when you don’t know why you’re here or what you want to study. Trust me, I’ve been there. I have changed my major from pre-business to nursing and then to communication. I will be sharing personal tips that I have learned throughout my college journey that have helped me pick a major and minor that matters to me.

Take off the pressure

The moment that you start applying for college, there are multiple people telling us what we’re supposed to be. A doctor. A lawyer. A dentist. All of these professions are great. But if they do not set your heart on fire, please beware. Who cares what other people want and like? Figure out what you like. Do you write well? Do you speak well? Do you like to problem solve or are you a great organizer? Knowing these things can be beneficial in choosing your major. Take online quizzes. Ask around. One day, you’ll wake up and know exactly what you want to do. It might not be today. Breathe.

Trial and error

Nothing like good ol’ trial and error. We sometimes have to take the journey less traveled and just experiment. That’s what I’ve done in terms of my college major and minor. I would recommend utilizing GenEd classes to discover what naturally piques your interest. After taking Philosophy or Africology, you might realize that you want to take your career in a different direction. Don’t be afraid to make changes as you go. You can declare a major and then decide on something else. Just know how important time is. Don’t waste it.

Advisors are great

As a transfer student, I was in an interesting place. I had 30 credits from my first institution and some community college courses under my belt. Yet, I was interested in starting over new. When I went to Eastern Michigan University’s Transfer Open House, I had Communication & Theatre Arts as my major. The advisor looked at me and said I should major in Communication. The Communication course curriculum resonated with me and Communication became my major. Now, my experience was unique. I was given direction by an advisor and it clicked. For you, it may not be that easy. That’s perfectly fine. Go to your advisor at the University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC) with a list of jobs you might be interested in. They can easily help you pick a major revolving around that career path.

About the Writer

Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.