Explore Majors

Confused about what majors are offered at WSU or what careers align with each major? Have your heard about a major, but are unsure of what it is about and what you would study? Check out the ideas below to increase your understanding of the programs available and start to identify those that are well-suited to you. 

Each October, Winona State hosts a Major and Career Exploration Fair that offers a one-stop-shop for students to meet with faculty members, students, and alumni representing the wide variety of majors and minors offered at WSU. Check the Major Fair website to learn more, including date, times, and location. 

Every major and minor at WSU is listed in the WSU Catalog. Take time to review the requirements for each program and read through the list of classes. Do the topics interest you? Do they align with your strengths? 

If you are not sure about whether a major may be a good fit, why not try out a course? Many majors offer introductory-level classes that also count toward general education credits. Since you have to take gen eds anyway, why not use them to help you pick your major?

Intro Classes

If you are considering a major in...
Try taking this course...
Accounting

ACCT 211 - Financial Accounting Principles

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

Athletic Training

HERS 191 - Intro to Athletic Training

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

Biology

BIOL 241 - Basics of Life

Satisfies General Education - Goal 3

BIOL 242 - Organismal Diversity

Satisfies General Education - Goal 3

Business

BUSA 270 - Business and Society

Satisfies General Education - Goal 9

Communication Studies

CMST 282 - Intro to Communication Studies

Satisfies General Education - Goal 5

Computer Science

CS 101 - Exploring Creative Computing

Satisfies General Education - Goal 4

Criminal Justice

SOC 210 - Crime & Justice in America

Satisfies General Education - Goal 9

Engineering

CME 102 - Intro to Engineering

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

English

ENG 120 - Intro to Literature

Satisfies General Education - Goal 6a

ENG 211 - Writing in Communities

Satisfies General Education - Goal 9

ENG 220 - Multicultural American Literature

Satisfies General Education - Goals 6a & 7

ENG 222 - Introduction to Creative Writing

Satisfies General Education - Goal 6b

Finance

FIN 201 - Intro to Finance

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

Geoscience

GEOS 102 - Resources Of The Earth

Satisfies General Education - Goal 10

GEOS 103 - Natural Disasters

Satisfies General Education - Goal 3 and 10

GEOS 105 - Astronomy with Lab

Satisfies General Education - Goal 3

GEOS 106 - Astronomy

Satisfies General Education - Goal 3

Global Studies

GS 200 - Intro to Global Studies

Satisfies General Education - Goal 8 & 10

Law and Society

HIST 101 - Intro to Law and Society

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

Legal Studies

LGLS 101 - Intro to American Law

Satisfies General Education - Goals 6a & 9

Marketing

MKTG 100 - Marketing and Society

Satisfies General Education - Goal 9

Mass Communication

MCOM 100 - Mass Media and Society

Satisfies General Education - Goal 9

Mathematics & Statistics

MATH 120 - Precalculus

Satisfies General Education - Goal 4

MATH 212 - Calculus I

Satisfies General Education - Goal 4

STAT 210 - Statistics

Satisfies General Education - Goal 4

Nursing/Health Care

NURS 120 - Intro to the Health Professions

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

Political Science

POLS 120 - Intro to American Politics

Satisfies General Education - Goal 5 & 9

Psychology

PSY 210 - Intro to Psychological Science

Satisfies General Education - Goal 5

Recreation & Tourism or
Therapeutic Recreation (RTTR)

RTTR 229 - Foundations of Recreation & Leisure Studies

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

Social Work

SOC 150 - Intro to Sociology

Satisfies General Education - Goal 5 & 7

PSY 210 - Intro to Psychological Science

Satisfies General Education - Goal 5

PSY 250 - Developmental Psychology

Satisfies General Education - Goal 5

Sociology

SOC 150 - Intro to Sociology

Satisfies General Education - Goal 5 & 7

Special Education

SPED 300 - Children and Youth with Exceptionalities

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

Need more help deciding?

CE 200 - Career and Life Decision Making

Does not fulfill a General Education category.

All WSU academic departments offer web sites that provide students important information about the degree programs they offer. On these sites you will find details about their majors and minors, admission and graduation requirements, recommended course sequencing, internship and field experience opportunities, and much more.


Navigating to Program Pages

  • Go to the WSU home page
  • Click on “Academics”
  • Select a college of interest to start your exploration

If you have narrowed down your list of top majors, this is a perfect time to meet with faculty advisors in each major to learn more!


Here are some questions you could ask

  • What would I learn in this program if I decide to declare this major?
  • Are there any admission requirements or an application process that I would need to follow?
  • What careers would be available to me with this degree, and is graduate school recommended?
  • What is best about being a professional in this field, and what is most challenging?
  • What aptitudes are needed to be successful in this program?
  • What internship or field experiences would be available (or required)?
  • Add any questions that you have!

If you are looking for a more hands-on approach to learning about specific majors, why not try an academic club or organization! These groups will help you meet students with similar interests and give you more exposure to the majors and related careers that interest you most. Talk to the other students about their majors, why they selected the majors they did, what they like about them, and what they want to do with their degrees in the future.