Exploring Majors Checklist
Are you ready to start exploring majors at NIU? Use the following checklist to get started today!
Meet with an Academic Advisor
Our team of academic advisors can help you determine your values, interests, and skills; suggest a major, minor or career path; and assist you with selecting courses. We're also here to connect you with other campus offices for personal, academic and career counseling; academic skills development; and financial aid.
Use Online and In-Person Resources
The following resources will help you discover how your personality, interests and abilities relate to majors and careers.
- NIU Career Services: FOCUS2: A career guidance system that includes career tests that assess your interests, skills, personality, and values to help determine academic and career possibilities.
- O*Net Interest Profiler is an online questionnaire that can help you match your interests with careers.
- My Next Move: The advanced search option on this website allows you to identify majors and careers by abilities, interests (using Holland Codes), knowledge, skills and work activities.
- Jung Typology: Discover how your personality matches specific careers and jobs using your results of the Jung Typology test.
- Interview someone who works in a field you’re interested in, then search NIU Undergraduate Majors to find an NIU program that matches that field.
- Search NIU Undergraduate Majors and eliminate all but those you wish to explore
- Using the NIU Academic Majors Worksheet, cross off majors that you have no interest in and circle at least three that you would consider pursuing.
- Use AAC ExploratoryTracks: Career tracks with associated NIU majors.
- Add the top three majors to the chart attached and research each major’s GPA requirements, application requirements and application timeline.
- Complete the Decide on Your Major Pros/Cons chart. Note: Some colleges at NIU have higher GPA standards than the university minimum of 2.00. See Limited Admissions and Educator Licensure (teacher certification)
- Visit the NIU Four Year Degree Paths website for guidance on completing an undergraduate degree within a reasonable amount of time.
- Visit Explore the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website which reviews the undergraduate programs housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Use the following sites below to search majors and professions and find out how each fit in with your personality, academic preparation and career goals.
- NIU Major Weblinks is a listing of all majors offered at Northern Illinois University with links to relevant career information.
- What Can I do with this Major? Another way to connect majors to careers provided by Idaho State University as illustrated by The University of Tennessee
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.
Register for CAHC 211, Career Planning
CAHC 211, Career Planning is a three-credit course designed to assist you in selecting a major/career.
Attend Meetings of Student/Professional Organizations
Visit the Student Involvement and Leadership Development office in the Campus Life Building, 150, for a list of organizations and volunteer opportunities.
Pursue Course Work and Co-Curricular Activities
Course work and co-curricular activities will help you choose a major, find a career path and develop new skills. Computer, foreign language, leadership and communication skills are valuable in any profession.