Major Exploration for International Students

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What is “Major Exploration”?

At United States’ universities, it is common for students to start their first year without selecting a major. Even if you are sure about your major, it is smart to use campus resources and learn about different options before officially choosing your major. We call this learning process “Major Exploration.”

What is CAPE?

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE – pronounced ‘cape,’ what a superhero wears) is an office that works with undergraduate students who would like to make an informed decision on their major selection. CAPE staff have a wide range of knowledge on majors across campus, change of college process, university policy, and career resources.

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Not happy with your major?

Not enjoying classes for your major? Not getting good grades even though you are trying hard? No longer interested in the career path? Be honest with your feelings and check if there is a better option for you.

Major = Career?

Yes and no. Your major has an influence on what types of jobs you can get in the U.S. (e.g., work has to be directly related to your major due to the immigration regulations). However, many U.S. employers look for your experience and skills. Jobs in demand change with the times. Your perfect job may not be created today! So when choosing a major, don’t make decisions solely based on the current job market. Think more about the skills and knowledge you would like to gain from your college education and which major will give you most of them.

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Major Exploration Steps


Need More Help With Major Exploration? Contact CAPE!

Website: cape.umn.edu
Phone: 612-624-3076 
E-mail: cape@umn.edu
Location: 511 Bruininks Hall
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Schedule an Appointment: cape.appointments.umn.edu