Major and Career Exploration

The Major and Career Exploration program will help you find your way to a major and a career goal that are exciting to you! Based on over a hundred years of scientific research on career development, a variety of services are offered to students and prospective students in any location. Through an active and thoughtful process you will select your major with confidence, know what to expect, and move toward a successful and satisfying career path. Major and Career Exploration offers a series of small, one-credit career exploration courses, provides online tools, and individual career coaching.

costa rica

Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Major and Career Exploration in a Global Context:

From Costa Rica to Career Success

December 29, 2018-January 5, 2019

Picture yourself in Costa Rica -- surrounded by lush wildlife refuges, walking along pristine beaches, learning to cook and dance in the Costa Rican fashion…all while exploring career pathways in an international context!

Discover the unique history and culture of Costa Rica, one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. Investigate careers in sustainable development, coffee production, and ecotourism while considering majors that can lead to these professions (in a component that continues in the Spring 2019 semester). Immerse yourself through cultural classes, excursions to historical sites, and a day trip to Tortuga Island.

Dean Roen explains in more detail




The first step to career planning is to assess your values, interests, and personality traits. These can guide you as you research majors and begin to make decisions about the general areas you would like to pursue.

Students who choose majors and careers in areas in which they have strong interests are much more likely to persist and be successful.  This exploration process can include computer assessments.


In this step, you identify the majors and careers that relate to your distinct interests, values and preferences and learn about your options.

This information-gathering process can include browsing the Major Maps, meeting with advisors from academic departments in your areas of interest, talking with professors, visiting Career Services, and interviewing people who work in the field you are considering.



In the last step you reflect on and analyze all the information you have collected to build a plan of action. The goal is to make an informed choice that is appropriate for you.

You can utilize a number of decision-making tools and techniques including a list of pros and cons, a decision matrix and more.