Undecided? How To Explore Majors at Grace Christian University

Jun 25, 2024 | Blog

Undecided about what to major in?  Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your academic journey. At Grace Christian University, we understand that this decision can be daunting. You might have multiple interests, or perhaps you’re unsure about your career path. The good news is that Grace Christian University offers a supportive environment to explore your options and make an informed choice. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to explore majors at Grace Christian University. 

Start with Self-Assessment

Before diving into the various majors, take some time for self-assessment. Understanding your strengths, interests, and values is crucial in choosing a major that aligns with your goals. When selecting your courses as an undeclared major, consider your interests and passions. If you have more than one interest, you can choose a class or two in each. 

  1. Identify Your Strengths: What subjects do you excel in? What skills come naturally to you?
  2. Consider Your Interests: What topics or activities are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
  3. Reflect on Your Values: What principles are important to you? How do you want to impact the world?

By answering these questions, you can narrow down your choices and focus on majors that fit your profile.

Talk to Friends and Family About What Made Them Choose Their Major

Engage with friends and family to gain insights into how they chose their majors. Their experiences can provide valuable perspectives and guidance. Your peers might talk about what drove them to choose their major, such as finding their calling or focusing on their gifts and talents. 

Questions to Ask:

  • What factors influenced your decision in choosing your major?
  • How did your major align with your career goals?
  • What advice would you give to someone exploring different majors?

Their stories and advice can help you navigate your own decision-making process.

Make a List of Fun Careers You See Yourself Doing

Start by brainstorming a list of careers that excite you. Think about the kind of work environment you prefer and the type of tasks you enjoy.

Questions to Guide Your List:

  • What careers have always fascinated you?
  • Which professions align with your hobbies and interests?
  • What type of work setting do you envision yourself thriving in?

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Career Opportunities

Grace Christian University offers a variety of majors across different fields. Here’s a brief overview of some of the programs you can explore:

Business

If you have an interest in leadership, entrepreneurship, or management, consider a major in Business. This program provides a strong foundation in business principles and practices, preparing you for various roles in the corporate world. 

Courses to Explore:

  • Principles of Management
  • Marketing
  • Financial Accounting

Career Paths in Business:

  • Business Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Entrepreneur

Communication

A major in Communication is perfect for those who enjoy writing, speaking, and media. This program covers various aspects of communication, including journalism, public relations, and digital media.

Courses to Explore:

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Media and Society
  • Public Relations

Career Paths in Communication:

  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Digital Media Coordinator
  • Marketing Communications Manager

Criminal Justice

For students interested in law enforcement, legal studies, or public service, the Criminal Justice major offers comprehensive training. This program prepares you for careers in law enforcement, corrections, and legal fields.

Courses to Explore:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Law

Career Paths in Criminal Justice:

  • Police Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Legal Assistant

 

Human Services

If you are passionate about helping others, a major in Human Services might be the right fit. This program prepares you for careers in social work, counseling, and community services.

Courses to Explore:

  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Community Resources and Services

Career Paths in Human Services:

  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Community Service Manager
  • Case Manager

Leadership and Ministry

For those called to serve in religious and community leadership, the Leadership and Ministry major provides theological education and practical leadership skills. This program prepares you for various ministry roles.

Courses to Explore:

  • Introduction to Ministry
  • Biblical Studies
  • Leadership Principles

Career Paths in Leadership and Ministry:

  • Pastor
  • Youth Minister
  • Missionary
  • Non-Profit Leader

 

For a full list of programs options at Grace Christian University, head over to our programs page to find the best degree path for you.

Take Introductory Courses

One of the best ways to explore majors is by taking introductory courses. These classes give you a taste of what each major entails without a long-term commitment.

Benefits of Taking Introductory Courses:

  • Gain foundational knowledge in different fields.
  • Discover what subjects you enjoy and excel in.
  • Meet faculty and students in various departments.

At Grace Christian University, you can easily incorporate introductory courses into your schedule. Speak with your advisor about your interest in different fields and how to fit these courses into your academic plan.

Engage in Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are a great way to explore your interests outside the classroom. Grace Christian University offers a range of activities, organizations, and leadership opportunities that can help you discover your passions.

Benefits:

  • Connect with peers who share your interests.
  • Gain practical experience through activities and ministries on campus. 
  • Learn from guest speakers and events.

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Seek Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Internships and volunteer opportunities provide hands-on experience in different fields. These experiences can help you make an informed decision about your major.

Find Internships

Internships offer practical experience and exposure to real-world applications of your studies. Grace Christian University can help you find internships related to your interests.

Benefits of Internships:

  • Gain valuable work experience.
  • Build your professional network.
  • Test out potential career paths.

Volunteer in Your Community

Volunteering is another excellent way to explore different fields. By giving your time to various causes, you can discover what you’re passionate about and what type of work you enjoy.

Volunteer Opportunities to Consider:

  • Community service projects
  • Church ministries
  • Non-profit organizations

Look for Shadowing Opportunities

Shadowing professionals in fields you’re interested in can provide a firsthand look at what different careers entail. Job shadowing opportunities provide you with a way to follow someone around on the job, so you can see what their workday is like. You’ll get to see what kinds of tasks they do and how busy they usually are. Shadowing someone on the job can help you decide if that’s the kind of career you want.This experience can be invaluable in helping you decide on a major.

How to Find Shadowing Opportunities:

  • Reach out to the dean and professors at Grace for connections to professionals willing to offer shadowing experiences.
  • Reach out to family, friends, or alumni who work in fields you’re considering.
  • Attend career fairs and networking events to find professionals open to shadowing opportunities.

Shadowing allows you to observe the daily tasks and responsibilities of various professions, giving you a clearer picture of what to expect.

Talk to Faculty and Students

Engage with faculty and current students to learn more about different majors. Their experiences and insights can provide valuable perspectives.

Professor Talking with Students

Meet with Faculty

Grace faculty members are experts in their fields and can offer guidance on academic and career paths. Schedule meetings or attend office hours to discuss your interests and get advice.

Questions to Ask Faculty:

  • What career opportunities are available in this field?
  • What skills and knowledge are essential for success?
  • Can you recommend any additional resources or courses?

Connect with Students

Current students can share their experiences and provide a student’s perspective on different majors. Join student groups or participate in campus events to connect with peers.

Topics to Discuss with Students:

  • Their experiences with specific courses and professors
  • How they chose their major
  • Advice for someone exploring majors

Utilize Online Resources

Grace Christian University’s website is a valuable resource for exploring majors. Take advantage of the information available online to research different programs.

Visit the Academics Section

The academics section of the Grace Christian University website provides detailed information about each major, including course descriptions and degree requirements. This can help you understand what to expect from each program.

Key Features to Explore:

  • Overview of each major
  • Course descriptions 
  • Degree requirements 

Explore Career Services Online

Use the tools and information available online to research potential career paths and job opportunities.

Resources to Utilize:

Life is full of decisions, and choosing your major in college is one of the most significant decisions to make. Welcome this opportunity with an open mind and a heart willing to explore. At Grace Christian University, we believe in your potential and are here to help you every step of the way. Visit Grace Christian University’s Academics Page to start your journey. Contact an academic advisor today to discuss your interests and begin exploring the many opportunities available at Grace Christian University.

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