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Choosing a Major Services

What is a "Major?"

A major is a specific subject or interest area that students specialize in.  Typically, between one-third to one-half of the courses you take in college will be in your major or related to it.  Please note: As part of the Student Success Initiative, California Community College Students are required to identify a program of study (choose a major) by three semesters (or 15 units) or they will lose their priority registration status.

Do You Need Help Choosing or Confirming Your Major and Your Career Direction? 

We're here to help!  Our Career Encounter Program moves you through essential exploration and research designed to help you determine the area of interest that "fits" who you are and aligns with your life goals.  Included in the Career Encounter program, our career counseling services provide comprehensive, occupational interest guidance and college major selection and planning that supports knowledgeable and informed career and major selection choices.

We know what an important decision students are making when choosing a major, which is why we created our Career Encounter Program--a structured career and major exploration platform with step-by-step (click-by-click) instructions and guidance.  While there is no set timeframe for participating in the Career Encounter Program, undecided and unsure students will benefit from early participation, because determining a career interest and choosing a major focuses your academic planning and motivates you to do your very best!

Our Career Encounter Program includes the following steps:

  • Self-Discovery: Define your interests, personality and values, and determine how you prefer to work, play, learn and live.
  • Intro to Career Pathways: Establish your general interest area(s) and narrow your search for the perfect career fit.
  • Decision Making and Goal Setting: Improve your decision making skills and become a better decision maker and goal setter/planner.
  • Cost of Preferred Lifestyle: Determine your future lifestyle and create a budget based on your choices.
  • Career Exploration: Explore careers within your interest area(s) while keeping "what fits me" at the center of your exploration.
  • Choosing a Major and Career Counseling: Bring it all together and choose a major that is meaningful to you and fits your life and success goals.
  • Create a Professional Resume: Create a professional resume specific to your chosen career field.

To participate in the Career Encounter Program: Drop by the Career and Transfer Center, or call (916) 608-6526 and make an appointment for a short program orientation, and to receive the program materials.  The Career Encounter Program is available to FLC students and is free of charge.