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Questions to ask Faculty about majors

As you begin to discover new facts about your intended major, it is always best to meet with the department of the major you plan to pursue. Below is a list of questions which will aid you in directing the conversation with a faculty member.

  1. Why do students select this major?
  2. What basic education courses would you recommend I take for this major?
  3. What classes should a student take to get a sense of what this major would be like?
  4. How much flexibility does this program have?
  5. What elective courses would be helpful?
  6. What are some other sources of information about this major?
  7. What kind of campus activities or student organization on campus relate to this major?
  8. Does this major require or is it desirable to have a graduate degree in this area?
  9. What kinds of careers are possible with this major after graduation?
  10. What aspect of this major is most fascinating to you?
  11. Why did you choose this major?
  12. Why would you recommend this major to me?
  13. Will I be stuck with a teaching career with this major?
  14. What can you tell me about the marketability and salary range for this major?
  15. Can you give me contact information for anyone in the field so I could do an informational interview?
  16. Are there particular minors that work well with this major, and if so, what are they?
  17. Depending on my career plans, are there particular minors that are optimal for this major?
  18. Are there any volunteer opportunities or internships that would be helpful for someone with this major?
  19. Do you think the career I want requires graduate school?
  20. Are there required prerequisite courses for this major?  If so, what are they?
  21. Is there a specific GPA required to get into this major?
  22. How versatile is this major in the search for a job?
  23. Would it be wise to go for a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, or either for this major?

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