Major Exploration

Major Exploration is an opportunity for students to shed light on their interests, skills, values and personality to support their decision on pursuing a Major at University of Texas at Arlington. This journey is usually taken by students who may be in one or more of the following predicaments:  

  • They’re undecided and do not know where to begin
  • They have more than one idea and need assistance with narrowing it down to one pathway
  • They have to change their major due to not fulfilling current major requirements

At the University of Texas at Arlington, The University Advising Center uses the steps of Explore, Discover and Decide as a guide to support students through their major exploration journey. The overall objective of Major Exploration is to guide students towards making a decision on pursing a major, in order for them to be in compliance with the 45 hours to Undergraduate Major Policy. As students embark on this Major Exploration journey, it is highly recommended that they document all materials and make an appointment to meet with our University Advising Center Advisors

Explore Discover Decide

  1. Explore (Assessments, Questions, and Reflection): In the explore step, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences, take assessments and answer questions that will lead them towards gaining a better understanding of who they are and move them towards the discovering step. Reflecting on their experiences generally entails of their past work experiences or projects; assessments and answering questions entail of taking quizzes that ask questions to measure their personality, values, interests and skills. (Note: not all students will begin at this step. Students with ideas generally start in the discover step.)
  2. Discover (Research): In the discovering step, students will have a set of answers to help them begin their research. This step will require for students to use tools and resources. Academic Advisors are also available to help students interpret or learn how to use the resources and tools. This step may entail of using a search engine to find out what the job market looks like including job descriptions or talking to Program Academic Advisors to learn more about the major or working with the Career Development Center to do informational interviews or job shadowing.
  3. Decide (Choosing a Major or option that will move closer to choosing a Major): This step will require for students to use the answers, reflection and materials they acquired from steps one and two to make a decision. The ideal objective for this step is that students select a major; however some students may have room to take a class or two (this will depend on their academic history; an Academic Advisor can assist with this piece).

Take a moment to read through the descriptions below to identify which step you will begin with. 


Are you either undecided or someone that has to change your major and you are uncertain of where to begin or have a difficult time identifying what you like and do not like? If so, start with the EXPLORE step below.

Or …

Are you either undecided or someone that has to change your major and you have more than one idea of what you’re interested or want to pursue? If so, start with the DISCOVER step below.

Or…

You have a decision made and need to change your major. If so, click on the DECIDE step below.


Explore

  • In the explore step, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences, take assessments and answer questions that will lead them towards gaining a better understanding of who they are and move them towards the discovering step. Reflecting on their experiences generally entails of their past work experiences or projects; assessments and answering questions entail of taking quizzes that ask questions to measure their personality, values, interests and skills. The following strategies and resources may help lead you to the discover step or directly to the decide step.

    Focus 2: is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool for college students that is designed to help you make decisions about future career goals and education plans.  FOCUS 2 provides five self-assessments to help you identify your top work interests, values, skills, personality type, and leisure time interests and explore occupations and major areas of study compatible with your personal attributes.  Students use FOCUS 2 to help choose or change their major and also to verify their choice of a career field. To begin Focus 2, click on the button below.

    Focus 2

    Reflection Questions: is a set of questions that will give students the opportunity to assess their experiences and determine what they have enjoyed and did not enjoy and what types of skills they have gained from their experiences. To begin the Reflection Questions, click on the button below.

    Reflection

    Meet with an Academic Advisor: is another option students can use in the explore step. Academic Advisors in the University Advising Center can assist students with what step to begin with or how to use the tools. To begin with meeting an Academic Advisor, click on the button below.

    Academic Advisors
    University Advising Center

    Workshops: are hosted by our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department and are limited. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for either the Strong Interest Inventory-Group Interpretation Seminar OR Myers-Briggs Type Indicator-Group Interpretation Seminar. To sign up for either available workshop, please click on the button below.

    CAPS Workshops

Discover

  • In the discovering step, students will have a set of answers to help them begin their research. This step will require for students to use tools and resources. Academic Advisors are also available to help students interpret or learn how to use the resources and tools. This step may entail of using a search engine to find out what the job market looks like including job descriptions or talking to Program Academic Advisors to learn more about the major or working with the Career Development Center to do informational interviews or job shadowing. To start the Discover Step, select one of the following:

    Academic Advisors
    University Advising Center
    Lockheed Martin
    Career Development Center
    UT Arlington
    Program Advisors

Decide