Explore Majors/Careers

Having trouble deciding on your major? Wondering what other options are available to you? Do you want to explore a career field that sounds really exciting?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may want to let us help you clarify your major or career decision. Here are some tips and resources that may help you:
  • Where are You in the Career Decision-Making Process?  Use this checklist to determine where you need to spend time and energy in making a good career/major decision.  Note the resources to help you in your decision-making.
  • Talk with a Staff Member  Throughout the process of deciding your major or career, you are encouraged to talk with a Career Center staff person who can answer your questions and guide you.
  • Undergraduate Bulletin  - Gain an overview of academic offerings at USC. Note admission and progression requirements and learn more about Adacemic Majors and Minors.
  • Academic Departments - Review the websites of academic departments in which you are considering a major.
  • Career Decision Making Tip Sheet - Learn about the process for making a good career decision.
  • Discovery Tools - The Career Center offers tools you can use to discover or clarify your career interests.  These include FOCUS, the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
  • Career Exploration Web Resources - Access additional decision-making tools, see how academic majors connect you to careers, and research career options.
  • Career Library - Learn more about career options and recommended academic preparation for those options.
  • Job Shadowing & Information Interviewing (Spur Connections Mentor Database) -  Learn from professionals about how they have used their majors and gain insight about career fields.
  • Explore the Workplace Through an Externship - Externships are a great opportunity to explore the workplace, network with practitioners, and learn more about life as a professional. Join the Career Center on an outing to an employer organization to take a tour and talk about career options.
  • Changing Your Major - Once you have decided on a possible major, learn how to officially make the change.