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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.