Pick a Major or Career

Picking a major can be the easiest or the most difficult decision a college student has to make. Career counselors can help you assess your interests and discuss options.

St. Catherine University offers liberal arts majors and pre-professional programs:

  • A liberal arts education teaches a broad range of skills that are valuable in many professions.
  • Pre-professional programs tend to lead directly into one specific career.

Four things to consider when choosing a major

Not sure what you want to study? Set up an appointment with a career counselor to explore your options and even take a personal interests or personality assessment to help you decide. The assessments that we provide free-of-charge to students include:

  • Strong Interest Inventory (SII): Learn what careers are enjoyable to people whose interests are similar to yours.
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Understand your personality type and as a guide toward careers that would utilize your personal strengths and attributes.

When picking a major, think about what you enjoy studying and doing. Stay away from thinking “I should” and think in terms of “I could.”

Investigate majors that interest you:

  • Take classes that spark your interests
  • Speak with faculty.
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni or family friends about their jobs.
  • Use the resources below for in-depth major information and related career fields.

Guide to picking a major

What can I do with this major?

It can seem like there is an unlimited number of careers. Set up an appointment today to speak with a career counselor about your options and find a good fit for you.

  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni or family friends about their jobs.
  • Volunteer or do an internship in your major.
  • Watch videos featuring working professionals in specific career fields.
  • Research positions and salaries common in your major.
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory or Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment to help guide you in the right direction.

Other Resources 

(*visit Career Development for full-access codes)

Liberal arts courses provide learning opportunities that help develop high-in-demand critical thinking and communication skills. Most people change career fields several times in their life and many successful people work in fields they did not study — a liberal arts degree gives you options.

All majors at St. Catherine University provide students with the transferable skills that employers seek in potential employees, including:

  • verbal communication
  • teamwork skills
  • decision-making and problem-solving
  • planning and organizing
  • obtaining and processing information
  • analytical skills
  • technical knowledge
  • computer skills
  • written communication
  • interpersonal skills

Make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss how to translate these skills to gain and succeed in the job you want.

Professional programs prepare students for a particular profession, often in healthcare or law. Most careers associated with professional degrees require licensing. Common pre-professional degrees include:

  • pre-law
  • pre-dental
  • pre-medical
  • pre-occupational therapy
  • pre-pharmacy
  • pre-physical therapy
  • pre-physician assistant

Pre-professional healthcare information

Pre-med advising questionnaire