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Maybe you already know what you want to major in, or maybe you don’t. Either way, it is worth taking time to explore what Bethel offers! Many Bethel students begin classes without really knowing what their major will be, and many students switch majors in their freshman, sophomore, or even junior years. Through your general education courses, conversations with your advisor, R.E.A.L. Portfolio, and other activities, you’ll have many opportunities to think about how your major relates to your interests, strengths, passions, and calling.

As you’re exploring majors, try the strategies below to help you learn more about yourself and your calling. Your advisor, career counselors, and many other Bethel faculty and staff are eager to help you in any way they can. And remember, it’s ok to change!

Explore Inside

  • Take time to learn about yourself by reflecting on your interests, strengths, goals, experiences, favorite classes, and other factors. Your R.E.A.L. Skills Chart can be a great starting place to help you think about where your strengths are and what skills you most enjoy using.
  • Brainstorm with your academic advisor, and connect with the Office of Career Development and Calling to take assessments, explore career inventories, and discuss your options with a career counselor.
  • Read about Bethel's majors and programs and look at requirements for each major in the catalog.
  • Make a list of classes that sound interesting to you. Look for trends or themes in your choices, or better yet, start taking some of those classes you flagged as intriguing! Your advisor can help you work these into your academic plan.
  • Ask your friends and family what strengths and aptitudes they see in you (and compare this with your own self-assessment).

Explore Outside

Explore Forward

  • Attend a job or internship fair or talk to recruiters on campus.
  • Take the Strong Interest Inventory and explore careers through the Office of Career Development and Calling.
  • Ask your career counselor how to use LinkedIn to connect with Bethel alumni whose work sounds interesting.
  • Talk to a faculty member, upperclassman, or alumnus in a field you’re thinking about to learn more about their experience.

Explore Up

  • Ask God for wisdom and perception as you consider your many options.
  • Think about your calling to use your strengths for God’s kingdom.
  • Seek direction through prayer, Scripture, your small group, and Bethel’s Campus Ministries staff.

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