Choosing a Major

It's pretty momentous, deciding where you want to spend the next four years. A crucial factor is often a university's strength in your planned area of study.

But what if you don't know what you want to study?

You're not alone. About half of Saint Leo's incoming freshman class is undecided. And don't forget, nearly two in three students who do declare a major end up changing it at least once before they graduate.

Finding a school like Saint Leo, with a solid across-the-board academic reputation, may be the smartest decision you can make. Choose from courses in 40+ undergraduate programs of study. At Saint Leo, you have the opportunity to change your mind and your major without starting your college search all over again.

Take Your Time

College is a time for exploration. What excites you? Challenges you? Motivates you? There's no rush to come up with answers. Many students feel pressured to declare a major before summer orientation or early in their freshman year. But Saint Leo's liberal arts curriculum encourages you to sample a range of introductory courses in different fields before landing on a major. First-time-in-college students get started on the right path with SLU 100, a foundation course that acquaints you with the University, instills the importance of community service, and equips you with time management skills and study-habits vital to your academic success.

Focus on Passion

It's not uncommon for a student to pick a major because someone else—usually a family member—thinks it's a good idea. Consider others' advice, but don't forget that you should have a genuine interest in your area of study. With more than 40 academic programs at Saint Leo, you're certain to find a path that reflects what you really want to do. Specialize within a major, or add a minor or double-major to reflect your diverse passions.

Consider Career Goals

Students often think that choosing a major is the same as choosing a career. These choices are related, yes, but picking one doesn't necessarily mean you've made up your mind on the other. For instance, you don't need a degree in business to go into the corporate world, or a political science degree to become a lawyer. What matters to most employers are skills in communication, mathematics, technology and critical thinking—which can be acquired in a wide range of majors, and are built into Saint Leo's general education requirements for all students.

Make Connections

Meet with Career Planning for assessment tests and tools to determine strengths. Join a departmental club to meet students currently in your major and get a sense of what it's all about. And most importantly, connect with professors. With a 14:1 student-professor ratio, Saint Leo students have significant direct interaction with faculty. All this personalized attention means Saint Leo students typically decide upon and move into majors much more quickly than at larger institutions.

Breathe & Relax

Keep in mind that your major doesn't have to dictate what you do for the rest of your life. Most people change jobs over the course of their career in response to shifting interests and opportunities. Make an informed decision now, but be flexible and realize it's never too late to discover your dream profession.