Choosing or Changing Your Major

With 39 majors and 45 minors in liberal arts, science, business and pre-professional fields, you have many possibilities from which to choose. Here are some strategies to help you make an informed decision about what major (majors? and a minor?) to pursue. After all, it is a big decision to make!

Know Your Options

Start with the basics

  • What majors does Stonehill offer? Read through our areas of study and the academic flyers below. Both are great starting points. If you're starting from scratch, it can be useful to begin by eliminating those you know are definitely off the table.
Resources, Opportunities & Outcomes for...
The Accounting Major The Engineering Major The Marketing Major
The American Studies Major The English Major The Mathematics Major
The Biochemistry Major The Environmental Studies Major The Neuroscience Major
The Biology Major The Finance Major The Philosophy Major
The Catholic Studies Major The Foreign Languages Major The Physics Major
The Chemistry Major The Gender & Sexuality Studies Major The Political Science Major
The Communication Major The Healthcare Administration Major The Psychology Major
The Computer Science Major The History Major The Religious Studies Major
The Criminology Major The Interdisciplinary Studies Major The Sociology Major
The Economics Major The International Business Major The Visual & Performing Arts Major
The Education Studies Major The Management Major  

Review which courses are required

  • Look into each course of study by major, as laid out in the Hill Book. Do these courses interest you?

Use the myAudit function in myHill 

  • MyAudit allows you to play with the "what if" scenarios and reconfigure the classes you have already taken into a new major. You'll see how it affects your degree progress and view specifically which courses you have left to take. (Go to myHill > myAcademics > myAudit)

Consider creating your own major

  • If you can't find a major that works for you, creating your own Interdisciplinary Studies major might be an option. You will need to create a proposed course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor and the program coordinator. Read more here.

Know Yourself

There are two online self-assessments you can take, which can help you evaluate major options and direct you to careers compatible with your personality and interests. Visit the Office of Career Services to access these assessment tools.

Take the Strong Interest Inventory

  • You take the Strong Interest Inventory on your own time, and then meet with a trained Career Planning Program student intern. This intern will review the results of your assessment and connect you with resources on campus based on the outcome of your conversation.

Take the FOCUS-II

  • This assessment takes approximately 40 minutes, and you can spend additional time researching different occupational choices, and checking out the 300+ occupational videos. You do not have to do the assessment all at once; it is self-paced and you can log back on to FOCUS at any time.

Explore Online Resources

There are a number of great websites connecting majors to careers. You can take a bottom-up approach (look at particular majors and how they connect to careers) or a top-down approach (look at particular careers and see what majors usually enter them).

Check out Career Connection

  • Career Connection is available to every Stonehill student. Get in there and look around. You can search the “Mentor” tab to see where over 1,000 Stonehill alumni work, what types of jobs have gotten with a certain majors, which grad school programs they have attended, etc. If you want, you can take it one step further by clicking on the “contact mentor” button and shoot out an email – introduce yourself and ask for an informational interview, a resume critique or just plain old advice.

Use career and industry profile websites

Talk to People & Get Out There

People to see

Contact the Office of Academic Services & Advising to discuss options and strategies for selecting your major.

  • Other students: peer mentors, TAs, tutors, friends
  • Professors – especially if you are looking for advice on graduate school programs … they all did one! Department Chairs are great to start with if you are thinking of joining a major.
  • Academic Advisors – you have an assigned advisor for your major(s). If you prefer, you can make an appointment with a professional advisor in the Office of Academic Services & Advising at any time (Duffy 104; 508-565-1306).
  • Career Counselors – if you want to explore how majors relate to careers fields, make an appointment with a counselor in the Office of Career Services (Kruse Center in Cushing-Martin Hall; 508-565-1325)

Things to do

Contact the Office of Career Services to discuss job shadowing, internships and occupational interviews.

  • Job Shadows – A job shadow is usually short-term – anywhere from a day to a month – and is not done to gain experience in a certain field, but rather to witness a certain profession firsthand.
  • Internships – An internship (usually about 3 months long) not only makes you more marketable as a job candidate, but gives you the opportunity to gain greater understanding about your chosen field.
  • Informational Interviews – Informational interviews allow you to ask for career and industry advice from someone in the field. It allows you to ask the questions you need to know in order to gather information on the field.