Decide Among Your Best Options

After you have narrowed your choices to two or three majors, the following suggestions can help you make your final decision. Keep in mind that you do not have to choose a major before you apply to UMUC or begin taking courses. Many students find that taking a few courses before choosing a major helps them to make a better decision. However, you will need to choose a major before your advisor can complete an official evaluation of your transfer credit.

  • Determine how your transfer credit will fit into each major's curriculum. If it is important to you to finish your degree quickly, you should consider whether your previous college coursework is more applicable to one major than the other. You can use the Curriculum Planning Worksheets to figure out how your previous coursework will fit into the curriculum for each major you are considering.

  • Take courses in different areas of interest. If you are trying to choose between two or more majors, take a course in each area to see which area of study you enjoy most. The credit you earn in the area(s) you do not choose as a major can, in most cases, be applied toward your elective course requirements.

  • Take courses that overlap your majors of interest. If you are trying to decide between two similar majors, consider taking courses that meet requirements for both programs. For example, BMGT 364 Management and Organization Theory fulfills requirements for majors in business administration, management studies, and marketing.

  • Enroll in the Cooperative Education (Co-op) program. Co-op offers you the opportunity to earn academic credits toward your degree while taking theory to practice in the workplace. As a co-op student, you will have the benefit of both faculty and professional mentor(s)to help you gain first hand professional experience and skills in your discipline. In addition, you will learn more about your field, to guide decisions about ongoing study and/or your career goals. Many students find that co-op opens doors that lead to full time professional opportunities after graduation.

  • Select a minor to balance your interests. If you are interested in two different fields, why not study both! You are not required to pursue an academic minor, but many students do because it allows them to develop in-depth knowledge of another area. Some students choose a minor that is closely related to their major, while others choose a minor that allows them to explore personal interests.

  • Discuss your alternatives with your advisor. Your advisor is your best resource for information about UMUC majors and minors. Your advisor can point out the advantages of each program you are considering.