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.