For most students, college is viewed as a necessary step toward getting a stable job and launching a successful career in their chosen fields of work. Understandably, making decisions that will potentially impact their long-term career path can seem daunting and even insurmountable. In reality, nearly ¾ of college students change their major at least once during their undergraduate education. As students progress through their first few semesters, they get a more realistic sense of what types of classes resonate with them and the potential jobs that a given major might help them acquire in the future. Therefore, it is essential that students are exposed to the multitude of academic and professional opportunities available to them. And in the context of a liberal arts education, it is important that students understand the interdisciplinary and integrated nature of their academic and career pathways. Furthermore, students need to understand how to appropriately sequence their courses over the coming semesters in order to graduate in a timely manner. The purpose of this unit is to expose students to the wide range of academic options available to them at NC, and to help them understand the ways in which their academic experiences may be applicable to future professional endeavors.

After completing this module, you should be able to ...

  1. Identify two or more possible careers that interest you.
  2. Identify two or more possible majors that will set you up for the careers that you are interested in.
  3. Create a one-year and four-year degree plan, which maps out the coursework you will need to take in order to graduate.

Preparation for Class

Please prepare for class by doing the following PRIOR to class.

Class Work

We will do the following during class.

After Class Assignment

You should complete the following to hand in at the beginning of the next class period.