The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Newsletter 
March 2016

Tips for picking a major and finding your "and"

How in the world do you pick a major, especially with so many choices? You’re curious, passionate and excited to learn, but how do you narrow it down to the right one – and have a successful future career? It can be overwhelming. We get it. So we're here to help.

In this guide, you'll find advice from current students, alumni and advisors on picking the right major for you, balancing your schedule with another degree, and ways your fellow Jayhawks are exploring all their interests – from film and finance to anthropology and French, even engineering and geology. With more than 100 majors and minors, the College can help you stand above the rest by studying a broad range of subjects and finding your "and."  So what’s your “and” going to be?

Pick up "Find Your AND" inside today's University Daily Kansan. You can also check it out online here. 

Why did you choose your major?

Chelsea Whiteside, Casting Call, Fall 2015Chelsea Whiteside, senior applied behavioral science major & sociology minor

“I chose to major in Applied Behavioral Science because I absolutely love children and working with them was, of course, exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I actually started out pre-nursing and one of the requirements for that is to take a child development course within the ABS department and fell in love with the courses and then just switched over.”

Caithe Alexander, sophomore human sexuality major & sociology and visual art minors

“I chose human sexuality because I love the LGBT+ community and I want to work with the community in one way or another for a career. The plan right now is to go into higher education and work on college campuses to make them a safe and supportive environment for students to be themselves and find out who they are.”

Paige Hansen, Casting Call, Fall 2015

Paige Hansen, sophomore double majoring in biology and English

“When I came to KU, I had a hard time deciding between a science degree and a more creative degree.  I started as strictly a biology major, but added English when I found that I really missed having a creative component to school. After graduation I plan to go into science writing/journalism. Think National Geographic or The New Yorker.”

We caught up with more students to find out how they chose their major and their favorite KU memory on our blog. 

College students get lots of cliché advice, like “meet with your advisor.” You hear this so often because it works. Advisors are there to provide professional, unbiased advice and help you be successful, plus they’re pretty cool people.

Precious Sanders – Graduation Advisor
Undergraduate Major: English and History (double major)
What’s at the top of your bucket list?  I really want to go to Cooperstown to see the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum.  I'm a big baseball fan as well as a history buff, so baseball museums are like little pieces of heaven to me.
My super power would be:  I'd be a Jedi.
Katie Rockey – Academic Advisor
 Undergraduate Major: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from KU
“I became an advisor because…” I became an advisor because I wanted to save lives. Obviously, I am not a doctor, so I save college students’ lives by performing advising miracles in my office.
My super power would be: If I could have a super power, it would be to have crazy quick deductive reasoning skills like Sherlock Holmes. 
Denise Farmer – Graduation Advisor
 Undergraduate Major:  History major, Russian minor
“I became an advisor because…”  I really loved my college experience and I wanted to do something that involved helping people.  Advising combines the best of both those worlds!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?  An FBI agent. 

Meet more advisors on our blog

It might be easier than you think to add another major or minor. You can still graduate on time and, bonus, your diverse studies can help you stand out in the job market. Here are some tips from current students on how to balance multiple majors and minors:

1. Don’t be afraid to explore.

“I spent a lot of time exploring different courses and majors, and I'm still going to graduate in a reasonable amount of time. It's probably not advisable to change as often as I did, but there is a lot of wiggle room for those who are a little more indecisive than most.”
--Kassandra Knoff, senior majoring in English and minoring in Korean language

2. Have a plan.

“Tell your advisors what you are interested in and figure out a plan to achieve different goals. It is really easy to balance multiple majors if you start early and have a solid plan.”

--Liam Murphy, junior double majoring in communication studies and political science

Read the full list of student tips on our blog.

It's the perfect time to start thinking about your summer plans! Whether you'll be looking for a full-time gig, an internship or interviewing for graduate school, you'll need to bring your A-game. We put together this video of interview tips to help put your best foot, and strong handshake, forward.

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