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Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center

Ward Edwards 1900
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4721
gateway@ucmo.edu



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Five "Major" Misconceptions

Misconception #1: "I want to find out about a major so I’ll take an intro course."
Scheduling an introductory course is one way to learn about a particular major, but it may not be the best way, especially if you're just beginning the exploration process. Here are some reasons why:

Misconception #2: "I’m just gonna get my Gen Eds out of the way first."
Most majors have specific General Education requirements.

Misconception #3: "Picking a major and picking a career is the same thing."
Students often think choosing a major is the same thing as choosing a career (and vice-versa). Although these two choices are related, choosing one doesn't automatically mean you've chosen the other. Here are just a few examples:

Misconception #4: "Choosing one major means giving up all the others."
UCM offers many majors that leave room for minors or for free-choice elective coursework. Often you can begin with coursework in one or more areas of interest. Later, once you’ve determined which area is more interesting, you can declare your major and possibly a minor.

Misconception #5: "My major will determine what I do for the rest of my life."
Did you know studies have shown that within ten years after graduation, most people are working in careers not directly related to their undergraduate majors? Just as some students change majors, some graduates change their careers.

For individualized assistance with your Major & Career Exploration, make an appointment with an Open Options Career Counselor.