Choosing a major

There are those who decided they’d be pre-med in the fifth grade. Then there are the rest of us. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about deciding on a major, we’re here to help. With some guided discovery and reflection, you can learn how to connect your interests and talents to a major and a career.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What classes do I enjoy? What are my interests?
  • What skills do I have? What skills would I like to learn?
  • Do I have a career in mind? Will a potential major allow me to add value to the career I have in mind?

Not sure where to start? Check out the exploration checklist.

Tools to explore majors

Major maps

Major maps help you learn about a major and what career opportunities it can open up for you. Each map provides year-by-year guides to help you get the most out of your experience at VCU and in your selected major.

What Can I Do With This Major?

The What Can I Do With This Major? website will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people who graduate from each major.

Gap analysis

A gap analysis is a tool you can use to find jobs you are qualified for or will be qualified for upon graduation.