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You're totally clueless…

So, you feel clueless about which of the many majors offered at the University of Minnesota might be the best choice for you. That's not surprising based on the number of options available. 

How do you begin to make a decision when presented with over 140 different options??
  • Well, you could flip a coin—heads for economics, tails for art.
  • Or, you could put the list on the wall and practice your dart game—the first major you hit with a dart is the one you declare.
  • Or, you could throw all the majors into a hat and pull one out.
Though there is entertainment value in all three of these strategies, entertainment value is where the advantages end. A more effective strategy is to declare a major that matches up with:
  • the things you enjoy doing (your interests),
  • the things you're good at (your skills), and
  • the things that you believe in (your values).
This strategy results in a much greater chance that you will engage in your classes (even enjoy getting out of bed to head to class), have an easier time learning the material and excelling in class, and seek out opportunities to relate your major to a career.

To help you in your quest to become clued in instead of clueless, let's start to identify some majors that might connect well with your interests, skills and values. To do this, put on your party hat to prepare for the exercise on the next page!


Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something.

--Liz Carpenter

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