Choosing a Major


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  • UMD’s Career & Internship Services office is a great resource for major and career search. Job shadowing, interviewing and learn what UMD students do with their majors after graduation (UMD Graduate Follow-up Report) and more.

  • Begin talking with university alumni or individuals who are working in their field of interest, professors and your family. Gathering information from these sources help students learn how others made their “major decisions” and provides direction or interest.

  • Students can enroll in CNED2535, a focused Major and Career Exploration course offered each term.

  • Explore the UMD Catalog, for detailed information about courses and requirements for any majors of interest to you.

  • Use online resources and complete assessments which connect your personality, interests, skills, values and strengths with major/careers (Self-Knowledge). Research information in the UMD Catalog, Occupational Outlook (Academic and Career Knowledge).

Intentional research will help make connections to majors and careers.

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Academic Knowledge

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UMD CatalogUMD’s Degree requirements, Liberal Education program and Major/MInor requirements.

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CNED 2535: Major and Career Exploration course.

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UMD Career & Internship Services:  Internships, Skills, Job search, Graduate Follow-up reports and more.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook: US Bureau of Labor and Statistics holds the latest career information, training & education, earnings, work conditions and projected job openings.

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O*NET Interest Profiler: Provides career areas matching interests.

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My PlanA Values Assessment that identifies your underlying work values and links to career matches by educational level.

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Personality Types and Multiple Intelligences: Take the “basic tests”, which link personality & learning styles with careers.

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Explore Engineering: preparation, engineering degree fields, resources and societies.

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Engineering, Science and Math Careers: Links to job descriptions, daily activities, skill requirements, salary and training required.

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ISEEK career information

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Explore Health Careers:  An extensive list of different health careers, including both traditional and nontraditional career paths.

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What Can I do with a major in provides personal characteristics, job titles and national resource links.  

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