Students at Penn State generally enter majors during the spring semester of their sophomore year by confirming what major they want on eLion. The deadline to do this was February 10 and students will be notified of their major via e-mail starting March 5.
In November, the Advising and Career Development office sponsored a noon session, For Sophomores Only, where students learned more about choosing and entering majors and minors and how to make the most of their remaining time at Penn State, including career planning. A Majors Fair was held in February, featuring majors that can be completed at the York campus. Faculty shared information about degree programs with students.
Approximately 80 percent of Penn State’s entering first-year students are not sure about their choice of major. All students have assigned academic advisers and should work closely with them. Students who are exploring majors are usually enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). In all cases, DUS advisers in the Advising and Career Development office provide guidance to all students seeking assistance and routinely partner with parents and families of students who are adjusting to college life and exploring majors.
Effective Career Decision Making (CN ED 100)
Effective Career Decision Making, CN ED 100, is a 3-credit course taught by Advising and Career Development staff, and is offered for first and second year students who are unsure of their major or potential career path. In this course, students identify personal strategies for setting career and life goals, integrating interests, values, and abilities to assist in career decision-making, and learn how to locate important career information. It is a great resource to help students make educated decisions about their major and career choices.