Many students assume that a major is synonymous with a singular career choice and earning power, which makes choosing a major feel like a lifetime occupational commitment. Trust us, research and experience clearly demonstrate that this is not the case. Regardless, an overwhelming majority of first-year student begin their college career with grave misconceptions about majors or are under-informed on their chosen major. Many are even ambivalent about a major choice. This is such a common occurrence, FYE hosts the Major Conversations courses to offer students guidance, collaborators, and support in choosing a major that will fulfill students’ hopes and expectations for their college learning experience.
Courses under the Major Conversations program, USC 150: Making Major Decisions and USC 250: Seizing Major Opportunities, explore the intersections between courses of study, career potential, and most importantly individual identity and personal passions. Major Conversations faculty are skilled curricular designers and are trained in Motivational Interviewing for student success. This faculty profile allows faculty to create classroom, online, and individual spaces to explore the intersectionality of identity and academic study and relevant, meaningful learning.
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- Supporting Exploratory students in choosing a meaningful, relevant major.
- Supporting Pre-Major Track students in clarifying their commitment to their chosen major and exploring, if desired, other major opportunities.
- Offer students welcoming, safe, and collaborative spaces to reflect on the intersectionality between authentic self, career aspirations, and academic passion.
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- USC 150: Making Major Decisions
- USC 250: Seizing Major Opportunities
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- First-year students identified as Exploratory.
- First-year students identified as Pre-Major Track (PMT) students. PMT students are defined as students who are academically underprepared in the context of their chosen major, often a major with high math requirements.
- Students interested in exploring other major opportunities on campus.
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- Students overwhelming report a positive experience in Major Conversations courses highlighting connection with faculty, the supportive nature of faculty, and the safety of the learning space in considering big decisions.
- PMT students regularly report the benefit of USC 150: Making Major Decisions in confirming their major choice or discovering new majors.
- Students report Major Conversations courses also supported them in making a healthy, positive transition into higher education.
- Students report finding safety, normalization, and inspiration from their peers.