Not quite sure about your major yet? No need to worry. We’re here to help! Carthage has more than 50 areas of study, majors, and special programs. We’ll make sure you find the combination that works best for you. Just be sure to take time to explore your interests and allow yourself to be curious. Find out how other Carthage students chose their majors.
What resources does Carthage provide for undecided students?
Carthage provides many resources for students who haven’t yet chosen a major. Here are three:
- If you are currently undeclared or even exploring other majors, one-on-one conversations with the director of career exploration and design provide an opportunity to discover your purpose and recognize your gifts, and then connect them to your education at Carthage, potential careers, and future employment. An academic plan will be developed based on your personal interests and goals.
- PathwayU provides scientific insight on your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences which allow you to identify career paths that are fit to your unique set of characteristics. PathwayU guides you to meaningful educational areas of focus and career paths and arms you with the tools you need to make informed decisions.
- The Aspire Program, run through The Aspire Center, is Carthage’s new career preparation program. Unlike career services programs at most colleges, Aspire is a comprehensive four-year program. Students connect with The Aspire Center during their first days on campus — even if they haven’t yet selected a major — and work with a career specialist to develop an individualized career development plan. There’s no extra cost, and all program elements are sprinkled throughout your Carthage experience. The Aspire Center has many tools available to help students discover and pursue their passions.
Still unsure? That’s okay! Finding the right major isn’t always easy. Find out how other Carthage students chose their majors.
If I don’t have a major, what classes will I take my first semester?
The Carthage curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary study as part of a strong liberal arts education. The Carthage Plan was created to ensure that students would gain experience in a wide variety of disciplines. As you’re exploring your major options, you’ll get a great start on the general education requirements in subject areas that match your interests, values, skills, and abilities.
When should I declare my major?
While there is no specific timeline for declaring a major, it’s ideal to be at least fairly certain by the end of your first year at Carthage. This will allow you to delve into your major coursework as you progress as a Carthage student.
Once I’ve decided, how do I declare my major?
Congratulations! Make an appointment with the director of career exploration and design in The Aspire Center to walk through the next steps of your declaration process. Or, you can always do so through the Office of the Registrar. And don’t worry — we understand that even after you declare your major, you may change your mind (it happens more frequently than you may think), and that’s OK! We’ll help you through your decision process and get you on track!