Pick a Major or Career

Picking a major can be the easiest or the most difficult decision a college student has to make.

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 both liberal arts majors and pre-professional programs.

  • Liberal Arts majors teach a broad range of skills needed in many professions.
  • Pre-Professional programs tend to lead directly into one specific career. Like pre-Med, pre-Law, pre-OT, pre-PA, pre-Optometry, pre-Pharmacy and more.

7 Ways to Land a Job with a Liberal Arts Degree

There’s a wide world out there with many career options. We can help you figure out the right fit for you. Call the career development office to set up an appointment for a free professional career assessment. You can take:

  • Strong Interest Inventory (SII) – You’ll learn what careers are enjoyable to people whose interests are similar to yours.
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – This assessment helps you understand your personality type and can guide you towards careers that match with your personal strengths and attributes.

other resources 

Not sure what you want to study? Take an interest inventory in the Career Development office and then meet with a counselor. Also, check out the "Discover Career Interests" interactive tools in the tab above. You’ll learn what careers are enjoyable to people whose interests are similar to yours.

When picking a major think about what you like to study and what you enjoy doing. Stay away from “I should” and think in terms of “I could”.

St. Catherine Experience Advising Tools give in-depth information on your major. Each tool helps you identify co-curricular activities that directly support your academic program including: academic advising; career development; service learning; leadership development; living and learning communities; and internship opportunities.

Investigate majors that interest you:

  • Take classes that spark your interest
  • Talk with faculty
  • Check out the links below for deeper information on interesting majors
  • Do informational interviews with alumnae or family friends in the field
  • Volunteer or do an internship in your major
  • Watch CandidCareer videos of people working in your field
  • Research positions and salaries common in your industry

Liberal Arts majors learn critical thinking and communication skills in high demand and can also prepare you for jobs that do not yet exist. Most people will change career fields several times in their lifetime. Many successful people study in one major but later work in a totally different field.

All majors at St. Catherine University provide students with the transferable skills that employers seek in potential employees. According to the National Association of College and Employers in 2016, these skills are:

Verbal Communication
Teamwork Skills
Decision Making/Problem Solving
Planning /Organizing
Obtaining/Processing Information
Analytical Skills
Technical Knowledge
Computer Skills
Written Communication
Interpersonal Skills

Make an appointment in career development and we will show you how to translate these skills into a variety of interesting job choices. Students enrolled in the career class have access to full versions of RoadTrip Nation and SoKanU which can help with career exploration.

Professional programs prepare students for a particular profession - often in health care 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