Ohio University

Major Exploration

Re-thinking your major?

Are you currently in a major but thinking about exploring other major options?

You have come to the right place! The Allen Center is here to help you figure out which Ohio University major is right for you. 

Close to 70% of college students change their major at least once and approximately 20-50% begin their college experience unsure of their major or career goals. So please know that you are not alone in questioning whether your major is the best fit.

Major exploration is an active process that requires you to engage in self-reflection, ask questions, explore opportunities, and utilize campus resources. Each one of these steps is important to help you select the major that fits you best. Be patient with yourself as you navigate this journey and give yourself time to gather the information you need to make informed decisions. 

Please complete the following steps to begin your major exploration journey:

  1. Take our Major Exploration Survey. This survey will help you reflect on your goals, interests, skills, and values; explore best-fit career fields; and narrow down major options.   
  2. Schedule a Major Exploration Appointment with an Allen Center advisor to discuss your responses and results. This conversation is also designed to connect you to resources and to create an action plan. 

You will receive a confirmation email immediately after scheduling and a reminder email the day before your appointment. 

If you already know the major you would like to change to, congratulations! You just need to fill out a Change of Major Form. Major change forms for non-selective majors are processed the first seven weeks of each semester. If you are completing the form after the first seven weeks, it will be processed the following semester.

Selective majors traditionally require additional application materials and have varying application deadlines.

We encourage you to speak to your academic advisor or an Allen Center advisor to determine whether the major you would like to change to is selective or non-selective. 

If you have any questions, please call us at 740-566-8888 or email us at advisingcenter@ohio.edu