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Choosing a Major

Admissions at Luther College.

Whether you've already chosen a major or are completely undecided, as a first-year student at Luther you'll have time to affirm your interests, explore your options, and get the support you need to make a good decision. From your professors to your academic advisor to counselors in the Career Center, there are plenty of folks on campus with whom you can discuss your thoughts about possible majors.

Below are a few programs that may help ease any anxiety you may be experiencing, should Luther be the place for you:

  • First-year advising program—As a first-year student, you will be paired with an advisor who works with you and a small group of other first-year students. In the fall semester you'll meet frequently to discuss your courses, academic interests, adjustments to college life and, of course, what majors you might be considering if you're still deciding.
  • "Here's Looking At You!"—This is a special program designed just for first-year students during January term. Participants will work one-on-one with a counselor, take two assessments (the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory), and begin exploring how their interests and preferences can help them choose a major.
  • Career counseling—If you've decided on a major, and just aren't sure about what you can do with it (i.e., what careers might be a good match), then meeting with a counselor to discuss your options may be helpful.
  • Resource library—How do you get a job at a U.S. embassy? What are the best jobs for liberal arts graduates? What kind of salary might I earn as an academic librarian? If you've got questions, you can find the answers with a visit to our career resource library. We've got over 500 books and journals; all can be checked out from the Career Center.
  • Informational interviews with alumni—Some students like to read about and research different careers, while others would rather talk with a professional in the field. Luther alumni will not only give you a good idea of what they do and how they got there but provide you with the inside scoop about the profession and how you can prepare yourself for entering this field.