Selecting Your College Major

It’s natural to start considering your college major in high school.  In fact, it’s not just natural – it’s important.  If you plan to attend college, you should ideally start seriously considering your college major specifically in your junior and senior years.

I’ve compiled some tips that I hope help you make this decision.

Go with your interests.

By the time you’ve graduated high school, odds are there is at least something you’re interested in.  You seem to do well with blood and helping people?  Consider pursuing medicine – and the necessary major to get there.  You like collecting information on what’s happening with your friends and family?  Consider journalism.

The simple fact is this: If you’re interested in something, you’re more likely to have the drive for completing your schoolwork.  So go for it.

If you have unsuccessfully looked for something you enjoy, consider something you are good at.

We all have things we can do with a fair amount of ease – even if we don’t enjoy them as much.    You’ve always been fairly good with numbers?  Consider engineering or something similar.  If you’re good at physics, go for physics.  If you’re good with grammar, go for English.  Being talented at something is, in all actuality, sometimes more important than enjoying it.

Remember, in most schools you can switch your major.

This is a costly change, but it’s still an option.  However, please note that it’s best to choose a major before you start, have a plan and goal, and stick with it.  When setting off for college, make sure you have a reason other than “it’s the thing to do.”  Visualize your career path, and head for it.  Without a strong goal in mind, obstacles will easily weaken your determination.

Go for the unexpected.

Maybe you have no idea what you want to pursue, and you tend to be a little adventurous.  Choose something that sounds interesting, but completely different than what you’ve done before.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll find a new hobby.

Now, I have to say, I don’t recommend this choice.  I think it would be much better to go with something you are already familiar with.  However, everyone is different, and this may be perfect for you.

Consider the end result. 

If you want a successful career, take a look into how graduates with certain degrees are being accepted into the job market.  You don’t want all your time, effort, and money to go to waste.  While getting a degree is a step toward getting a great job, many graduates don’t end up in their degree’s line of work.  You should make sure that your major is producing students who are being accepted in the work field.

Talk with your advisors.

After all, that’s what they are there for!  Talk over your likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses.  The two of you will be able to form a plan for your education.

Talk with your parents. 

If you’ve been homeschooled, more likely than not, your parents know you better than anyone else.  Have a chat with them and see what major they think you should pursue.  They’ve been the ones grading your work – they know you very well.

However, I would caution you to make sure they are offering genuine suggestions of what is best for you – not what they’ve always dreamed you should become.

Most homeschool parents do an amazing job of identifying their children’s strengths and weaknesses, though, so I believe that your parents are the best source to ask.


For more help on deciding your major, considering taking the “choose my major” quiz.  If you have any questions, be sure to Ask A Homeschooler!


Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at

June 23, 2014


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