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SELECTING A MAJOR. One of the Hardest Decisions in College. Observations. Often seen as the most important decision in college (Is it really?): Usually it is not imperative that you decide a major in the first year. Often second year decisions do not delay graduation.

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selecting a major

SELECTING A MAJOR

One of the Hardest Decisions in College

observations
Observations
  • Often seen as the most important decision in college (Is it really?):
    • Usually it is not imperative that you decide a major in the first year.
    • Often second year decisions do not delay graduation.
  • Texas Tech has more than 150 majors (see http://ram.tosm.ttu.edu/advising/resources/degrees.php)
  • Narrowing your interests to a specific college is a good first step

Selecting a Major

colleges texas tech has 12 colleges
COLLEGESTexas Tech Has 12 Colleges
  • Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
  • Architecture
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Honors College
  • Human Sciences
  • Mass Communications
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Graduate School
  • School of Law

Selecting a Major

texas tech degrees
Texas Tech Degrees

http://ram.tosm.ttu.edu/advising/resources/degrees.php

Selecting a Major

selecting a major factors to consider
SELECTING A MAJORFactors to Consider
  • Does the major have activities that interest me?
  • Can I use this major to obtain a career that I will find meaningful and enjoyable?
  • Will this major lead to a job that yields a salary I consider to be adequate?

Selecting a Major

selecting a major factors to consider1
SELECTING A MAJORFactors to Consider
  • Should I:
    • Double Major?
    • Minor?
  • Considerations:
    • Will I gain an employment advantage? Higher salary?
    • How much longer will it take?
    • Will graduate school be more beneficial?

Selecting a Major

selecting a major factors to consider2
SELECTING A MAJORFactors to Consider

Do I know?

  • Job opportunities for graduates
  • Job market for graduates
  • Starting salaries for graduates
  • Expectations for the future in the profession

Selecting a Major

selecting a major at texas tech university
SELECTING A MAJORat Texas Tech University

Texas Tech has websites and programs to help you select the best major for you:

  • Website: http://ram.tosm.ttu.edu/advising/discovery/index.php
  • Programs at Discovery!:
    • Major Map
    • Academic Physical

Selecting a Major

investigating a major
Investigating a Major

Selecting a Major

analysis of major example civil engineering
Analysis of MajorExample: Civil Engineering

AREAS

  • Structural
  • Urban Planning
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Water Resources
  • Transportation and Pipeline
  • Geotechnical
  • Surveying and Mapping
  • Materials
  • STATEGIES
  • Learn to work within a team.
  • Develop communication skills.
  • Develop physical stamina for outdoor work.
  • Get experience directing workers
  • Get experience organizing materials
  • Have ability to visualize in three dimensions
  • States may require licensing/registration.
  • EMPLOYERS
  • Construction
  • Engineering firms
  • Architectural firms
  • Utility companies
  • Oil companies
  • Telecommunication
  • Manufacturing
  • Consulting firms
  • Railroads
  • DESCRIPTION
  • Provides service to the community through development and improvement.
  • Works extensively with other professionals involved with the community.
  • Provides opportunity to work outdoors.

Selecting a Major

consequences of delaying and changing majors
Consequences of Delaying and Changing Majors
  • Waste of time – delays graduation
  • Waste of money – extra tuition
  • Waste of other people’s money –
  • Tuition funds 23.3% of TTU budget
  • State funds 76.0% of TTU budget

Selecting a Major

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