A Guide to Your First Year at UW Bothell

Week 6 - Choosing A Major

choosing a major




  • February 15th – President’s Day – NO CLASSES
  • February 21st – deadline for changing course grading option to S/NS ($20 fee)
  • February 29th – Registration for Spring Quarter for first year students begins (check your MyUW for your specific day of registration)
  • February 27th – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filled out by this date. You must list the "University of Washington" Code #003798.
  • Check out the Financial Aid Website for more financial aid information.

Major Exploration Workshop

Feel like you’re floating? Join us at our Major Exploration Workshop!

WHO: All pre-majors welcome!

WHEN: February --date and time: TBD


Can’t make it to our Workshop?

Below is a list of resources that the career center provides students who are contemplating which major to go into. You also have the option to make an appointment with the career center by visiting their website.

Career Exploration Course

This course addresses personal, educational and career choices. We will read about, discuss and reflect on the work world, career options, academic pathways and the process of selecting a major and/or career path. You will research and gather information, assess your strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to make quality career decisions. This will involve career exploration, life/career planning, identifying resources, and developing goals based on individual preferences, skills, life and work values and interests. Sample syllabus.

Career Assessments

Assessments help you to discover a sense of direction. They assist you in discovering more about whom you are and how you can express your uniqueness in a challenging and rewarding career.

Career Decision Pyramid

Not sure where to start, then start here. Follow the Career Decision Pyramid to discover where you are in regards to your career choices.

Turn Majors into Careers

Find out what UW Bothell alumni are doing! UWB alumni have words of wisdom for you as you investigate careers, start your job search, network and connect. Real Huskies share their Real Careers.

Career Guide

The Career Guide is a resource for students in different stages of career planning and decision making. It provides information on job search strategies, resume preparation, internships and researching graduate school.

What Can I Do With This Major?

This series of links and handouts provides an excellent starting point for you to think about job titles, possible employers, and ways to build experience in different career fields. Explore multiple majors to learn about a wide range of career opportunities.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the FYPMP office and one of our Student Assistants would be more than glad to help you out. Our phone number is 425-352-3427. We are located in UW1-173 (It is not a room, but an open space).

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Additional resources for occupational information and educational preparation:

  • ONET Online http://www.onetonline.org/ A tool for career exploration and job analysis - has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, and researchers