Choosing a Major

What's Your Major?

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

From the time you consider attending Mercer University, through the admissions process, in academic advising, and when meeting with a career counselor, one of the first questions that is always asked of you is “What’s your major?” Oftentimes the next question YOU ask is “What can I do with a major in…?

Some students arrive at Mercer with clearly defined academic and career goals based on their previous work experience. Some know what it is they do not want to do and have narrowed their course of study. And others need to spend some time exploring before they declare a major.

If you are undecided, the most important thing you can do is to KNOW YOURSELF!  Here are two self-administered assessments you can take to get started:

Self Assessment Exercise
Prioritizing Work Values Exercise

After taking these assessments, consider making an appointment with Career Services to discuss your results. If you desire more information about yourself, there are additional assessments that we offer. See the assessments page.

What Can I Do With a Major In…?
This link connects you to a web site containing 180 college majors. Click the major(s) that interest you and a .pdf or html document will appear helping you connect the major with some relative careers.

What Can I Do with This Major?
Wondering how to connect your major to a career? Click the link above to view the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's renown list of academic majors containing outlines of common careers.


7 Decision-Making Barriers To Consider:

Consider the following seven barriers often experienced during career decision making. If you find yourself experiencing one of more of these, begin to think about how you can target the barrier and overcome it. Career Management is here to assist you with this process.

  1. Lack of information – having limited information about self (interests, abilities, values), majors, or careers
  2. Too much information – feeling overloaded with information on academic and career options
  3. Too many interests and abilities – having difficulty narrowing options
  4. Conflicting interests – having difficulty finding ways to combine interests and experiences
  5. Lack of confidence – feeling unsure of ability to succeed, either academically or professionally
  6. Fear of choosing the “wrong” major – worrying that a chosen major will too narrowly define or restrict opportunities
  7. Having to change majors – feeling embarrassed by having to change a major due to lack of success in standardized tests or an internship requirement


Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is your interest?
  2. Why do you find it interesting?
  3. How long have you had this interest?
  4. How much time do you spend pursuing it?
  5. How could you use this interest on the job?

In collaboration with your academic advisor, the Office of Career Management can support you through an integrated process of academic and career decision making to prepare for future success.

"When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it."  - W. Clement Stone