You may be headed to college unsure of what you want to study. Or you may decide the major you’ve selected isn’t the best fit after all. You’re not alone.
"Still deciding" is one of the most popular majors at SLU, and many students find themselves changing course after being introduced to new academics interests or career paths.
Meet TK Smith, a member of SLU’s class of 2014, and SLU’s graduate class of 2018. His academic path shifted over the course of his undergrad years at SLU.
American Studies, Class of 2014
M.A. in American Studies, Class of 2018
I chose SLU because...
TK Smith, Class of 2014; M.A. in American Studies, Class of 2018, says, “I was attracted to SLU because it was near family, had the programs I wanted, and a good reputation. The biggest draw was the way the tour guides welcomed me and made me feel wanted by the university. Unlike other schools I had toured, the SLU guides really took the time to learn my name.”
“I entered SLU with aspirations of being an oncologist. By the end of my first semester I was done with that. I was encouraged by my advisor to take Career Decisions, a quarter-semester course. The course allowed me to explore my interests, passions and values in an in-depth way.”
Advice from SLU
Did you know that you can still apply to live in a learning community, even if you haven’t yet chosen a major? Consider options like the Leadership for Social Change, Faith and Formation, or the Diversity and Global Citizenship learning communities.
SLU Resources for Exploring Majors and Setting goals
Nearly a quarter of incoming SLU students are major-exploration students, and almost 75 percent of them select a major by the end of their first year.
SLU’s Major Exploration academic advising office is dedicated to helping you while you are still in the process of selecting a major or re-deciding on a major at any point in your college career.
Advisors help you develop personal responsibility for your own education, encourage campus involvement and promote reflective decision-making as you chart out the path that makes the most sense for you.
I got here with SLU
After graduating from SLU with his B.A. and M.A. in American studies, TK received two competitive fellowships.
“For the National Trust for Historic Preservation summer fellowship, I will be doing a case study of the Midtown area in St. Louis. Using oral history and archival research, I will shape a narrative on displacement and erasure in St. Louis. My Tina Dunkley Fellowship in American Art is a two-year curatorial fellowship in Atlanta, where I will be trained in working with contemporary American art. It is an amazing opportunity to work with some great institutions and travel.”
TK Smith, Class of 2014; M.A. in American Studies, Class of 2018 says, “I was encouraged by my advisor to take Career Decisions, a quarter-semester course. The course allowed me to explore my interests, passions and values in an in-depth way.”
SLU career resources
Job and career preparation starts early at SLU. Career Services can help you explore what career path may be a good fit, and can assist with résumé reviews, mock interviews and finding internship opportunities.
As a student or alum, you’ll have access to job fairs attended by hundreds of employers, both in St. Louis and nationwide.
SLU’s career development specialists can assist you with creating a job search plan, equip you with salary negotiation skills and teach you how to access career services available from other colleges and universities located in parts of the country where you may be interested in finding a job after graduation.
Network with other Billikens
Once you become a Billiken, you’re a Billiken for life — and a member of our global SLU network.
Billikens aren’t just current SLU students; they are also our 127,000-plus alumni around the world.
SLU students can join Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow. As an alum, you can get involved with Billikens of the Last Decade (BOLD), along with alumni clubs in cities across the nation and around the world, to network with other Billikens.
Life after SLU
No matter how you define success, a SLU education will prepare you to achieve it. Our alumni are well-rounded leaders and critical thinkers who make a positive impact on the world.
Where do SLU Graduates Work?
- American Red Cross
- Anheuser-Busch InBev
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Express Scripts
- Federal Reserve Bank
- Fidelity Investment Services
- IBM Global Services
- Mayo Clinic
- Nestlé Purina
- St. Louis Blues
- SSM Health
- Target Brands Inc.
- United Airlines
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- The Walt Disney Co.
- Warby Parker
- Wells Fargo
- World Wide Technology