Welcome to Deciding on a Major!

Hello Owls!

We have a team of highly motivated and dedicated Academic Advisors who are ready to help you Discover your passion, help you visualize your Dream, and work with you to Design the path to success!

This website is designed to assist you in discovering the resources needed to help you decide on the right fit for you!

Did you know that students who declare a major early benefit from the following?

  • Save money and time.
  • Only take courses required for graduation.
  • Begin taking major courses sooner.
  • Graduate on time (in 4 years!)

We recommend checking the tabs below for more information in assisting you on deciding a major.

  • For a full list of majors offered at FAU, click on this link:  https://www.fau.edu/programs .
  • New to FAU? Check out the Milestone Checklist below to ensure you are taking the rights steps towards deciding your major.
  • Want to see a list of events that can help you towards deciding on a major? Check out our Calendar Events below!
  • What resources do you need to be successful? What can we provide to help you decide on a major? Check out some of the resources we have available at FAU under our Toolkit For Success that can help you towards finding more information regarding career fields and titles, salaries, job growth, etc.
  • Want to shadow professionals in your field of interest? Would you like to participate in a weeklong externship during Winter/Spring break and/or the Summer semester? Check out the ExSEL program under Explore Career Options below for more information!
  • Have questions about the majors offered at FAU? Ready to declare a major? Make sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor! You can do so by logging into Success Network (see quick links on the left).
  • Enroll in the SLS1301 Career and Life Planning course instructed by a Career Counselor for students who have not yet declared a major or are still exploring their options.

Please click on the appropriate tab to view each semester. Events are constantly being added and updated.

major knowledge   Major KnOWLedge is an early exploration tool that helps FAU students identify personal interests and their relationships to career pathways. Click the image to learn more and begin taking the assessment.
what can i do   Learn about FAU majors and their applicable job titles, job and internship links, industry information links, as well as related FAU student organizations. Click the image to learn more.
Handshake   Claim your Handshake account, Handshake - a career development platform to be a one-stop-shop for launching your career. The FAU Career Center pre-loaded your profile to help you get started, but please login and complete your profile at https://fau.joinhandshake.com/.
O*NET OnLine   O*NET OnLine is used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning with current workplace needs. Click here to explore over 900 occupations:  https://www.onetonline.org/
OOH   The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a career research tool that includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations in the United States. Click here to explore https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
SLS 1301   SLS 1301 is a 1-credit course instructed by a Career Counselor each fall and spring semester for students who have not yet declared a major or are still exploring their options. The course focuses on self-assessment, choosing a major, exploring career options and developing an action plan to help achieve career goals. The intended audience for the class is first and second year students. Click the image to learn more.

MyFloridaFuture will be a free, online college and career planning tool that provides students, parents, and policymakers with a wealth of information to make better-informed decisions about educational options and future employment opportunities.

The new interactive tool will allow users to explore data at the System level and by individual institution, including information on salary, graduate employment, student debt, and additional educational opportunities.

Salary information will be available for degrees offered by the State University System at one year, five years, and ten years after graduation, allowing students to explore median wages for graduates in each field before selecting a major. Visitors to the site will be able to investigate changes in earnings over these three periods of time for any program under consideration. Click the image to learn more.


ExSEL Program

The ExSEL Program (Externship and Shadow Experiential Learning) is designed for students to participate in either a one or two day job shadowing experience or a week long externship during Winter Break, Spring Break and/or the Summer semester in order to gain more insight into a field of interest. To find out more about the program, please click the image.

Internship Credit  

Earn Internship Credit - IDS3949 Professional Internship Course

This 0-4 credit course offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain “real-world” exposure and supervised experience related to their major, specific field of study or career interests. To find out more about earning internship credit, please click the image.


Want to schedule an appointment with an Internship/Externship Coordinator?

Email: intern@fau.edu
Phone: 561-297-3533

Are you an undecided major? Speak with us!

Heinz Alfredo Fernandez

Heinz Alfredo Fernandez oversees our undecided (Deciding) student population here at University Advising Services. Along with the other UAS advisors, Heinz works to help you discover your passion and what major fits with your passion. Email him today to schedule your appointment and decide on a major!

Chelsea Saka oversees our undecided (Deciding) student population in the FAU Career Center. Along with the other Career Counselors, Chelsea works to help you discover your passions and interests and connect them with the majors and career paths that best align. She is also one of the instructors for the SLS 1301 Course (See info above). Email her today to schedule an appointment to go over your results from Major KnOWLedge, explore majors and careers, and review your resume to get your desired internship/job opportunity!

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 Last Modified 3/10/22