Choosing a major is probably the most important decision you make as a college student. It shapes your college career and has the potential to shape the rest of your life. Most colleges have many options for majors, and Miami Regionals is no different. There are 19 bachelor’s degree and 11 associate’s degrees that are completely offered at the Hamilton and Middletown campuses or up to the first two years of any degree at Miami University in Oxford. We currently have 5 degrees offered completely online through our E-Campus with more degrees in the works.
Some people come into college knowing exactly what they want to do, and others have no idea. Regardless of what situation you find yourself in, I would suggest exploring a few different majors. There are a few ways you can do this.
One way is by simply going to Miami Regionals website and looking at a list of all the majors. If you click each major, you will be met with a page that answers some common questions people may have about the major. https://miamioh.edu/regionals/academics/majors-minors/majors-by-alpha-regional.html
There is also a page that offers Majors in Focus videos where someone interviews a professor from each major. These are really nice because then you just get to watch a video, and we all know that we would rather do that than read a bunch of information. https://miamioh.edu/regionals/academics/majors-minors/majors-in-focus/index.html
You can also meet with professors from the department you are looking into and ask them any questions you may have. There should be contact information for each department at the bottom of each major’s webpage. These people would love to meet with you and talk you through the ins and outs of the major.
I would also suggest talking to other students who have decided that they want to major in that specific major and talk to them about classes and what they plan on doing post-graduation.
Another great way to explore different majors is by going to the Majors and Career Planning Fair. This is a place where you can talk to faculty and staff about different majors, minors and career options. The fair will be on the Middletown campus on Tuesday, October 1 from 11a.m. to 1p.m. in Johnston Hall 142 and will be on the Hamilton campus on Wednesday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.
Finally, if you are even the smallest bit interested in majoring in a specific field, take a class in that department. If you love it then maybe you found your calling and if you don’t like it that’s fine too. Those credits will just roll over to elective credits, which you need to graduate so you’re still helping yourself out!
Picking a major doesn’t have to be a daunting task as long as you are proactive and take the right steps to set yourself up for success!