Choosing a Major

  • Many students enter IUP interested in two or three fields they'd like to explore before deciding on a major. That’s why IUP offers many undergraduate programs to choose from, the time you need to decide on a major, and an array of support services to help you with your decision.

    Our Major and Career Exploration Center offers a variety of ways for you to decide on your major(s) and discover the career paths that best match your interests, talents, and skills:

    • Majors Fair: The IUP Majors Fair is a perfect opportunity for students to browse through the various programs of study offered at IUP. Representatives from various departments will be on hand to answer your questions and perhaps suggest a career you’ve never considered.
    • Focus II: This computer-based program measures your values and interests and matches them with occupations for you to consider.
    • Interest Inventories: Through the Strong Interest Inventory and the Self-Directed Search, your interests will be measured as they relate to potential career opportunities.
    • Career Counselors: Take advantage of free one-on-one counseling sessions with professionals trained in helping students explore careers and identifying the majors that are right for them.
    • Resource Library: A comprehensive collection of all the reading material and other resources you need to locate your career path and program of study.
    • ADVT 170 Career Exploration: This one-credit course is designed to enable students to actively explore a variety of majors and learn about career resources at IUP.

    You can also Explore Majors and Careers through our Career and Professional Development Center, with resources to find majors and career options that fit you, your interests, and your goals.