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.

TK Smith

B.A. in 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.”

Major decisions

“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

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.”

TK Smith

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.

93%
of SLU graduates are satisfied with their careers or graduate studies
127K+
SLU alumni worldwide
50/154
SLU alumni live in 50 states and 154 countries

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