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.

7 Ways to Land a Job with a Liberal Arts Degree

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.”

St. Catherine Experience Advising Tools provide in-depth information about each major and co-curricular activities that help you become career-ready and build skills outside of the classroom.

Investigate majors that interest you:

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

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 

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