Stonehill Majors & Minors
The major you choose, even more than the Cornerstone Program of General Education and electives, will direct your classroom time at Stonehill. We want to make sure you are equiped with resources to arrive at this decision having done a good deal of exploration and introspection about which major (or combination of majors/minors) is best suited to your interests and aspirations. A great way to start is by scheduling a meeting with an Academic Advisor.
Tips for Choosing a Major
Know Your Options
There are many approaches to exploring different majors and determining what would be best suited for you. Below are some tools for online exploration -- we suggest taking a few different angles to explore your options at Stonehill:
- Starting from scratch? Read a list of the 80+ majors, minors and academic programs, with links to their department pages here, or check out the online Book of Majors
- Trying to narrow it down between a few majors? Get to know the courses involved, the mission of the major and the faculty in each department in this section of the Hill Book
- Undeclared, or thinking of changing your major? Run a "What If" scenario in myHill to see what your degree progress would be if you were to add or change a major/minor (go to "My Academics," to "myAudit," and click on "What If" on the left)
- Planning out your degree, semester by semester? Use this tool to see a snapshot of the major requirements and minor requirements for each major
- Looking to test a major through an introductory course? Certain courses provide a great overview; see these courses
Talk to People
In addition to exploring the resources listed on this page, we encourage you to have conversations with: advisors in the OAS&A; your academic advisor; faculty and upper-class students in the departments you are considering; and alumni career mentors in the Career Connection database. Ask them questions about the skills you will develop, the topics you will explore, internship options and graduate school programs, and anything else that might aid your decision-making process.
Complete a Self-Assessment Test
Self-assessments help clarify your interests and aptitudes, whether to point you in a certain direction, or to confirm what you may already know.
- First-year students are encouraged to take the Strong Interest Inventory and have their results interpreted by a trained peer advisor
- All students are encouraged to take advantage of the online Focus 2 (enter access code: track to register)
Connect Majors to Career Paths
Your major does not determine your career path, but will provide you with a skills and knowledge that you can take in many different directions. These are a few links to explore some of the many connections between majors and career paths.
- "What Can I Do with This Major?" links typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as provides strategies for pursuing each area
- Career Thoughts links college majors to careers and shows the current hiring and salary trends
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook is an immense online catalogue of occupational information