Complete a Self-Assessment
The most important first step in selecting a major is to know yourself. What are your interests, strengths and goals? What are your must-haves when it comes to your future career? What majors are best for your personality? Learning about yourself is easy, and you can start today from your own computer! Assessments are free to WSU students and alumni.
Take the Focus 2 Self-Assessment (start here)
Focus 2 is available to students online and offers five assessments including work interests, leisure interests, personality, skills, and values. Taking all five gives you information to help narrow your major choices, and takes about an hour.
To get started:
- Go to the Focus 2 website
- Create an account
- Use the access code "warrior"
- Select the group "Warrior Success Center."
- If you are taking Focus 2 for an orientation 100 class, select the group that matches your OR section.
Additional Assessment Options
Have you already tried Focus 2 and met with an advisor, but still want to learn more? Visit the Warrior Success Center in Maxwell 314 or call at 507.457.5878 to discuss these additional assessment options.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): Take the most widely used personality assessment to get insights on majors well suited for you
- StrengthsQuest: Learn your top five talents and how to select a major that aligns with your strengths
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII): Drill down into your interests and discover the majors and careers that align well with those interests.
Talk to People Who Know You Best
The people closest to you may have a great sense of the majors and careers that would be rewarding to you and where you might excel.
It is important to focus specifically on you and not simply a family “tradition” or a parent’s dream. Discuss what makes you unique and how that could translate to your academic major and career path.
Complete the "Deciding Your Major" Worksheet
Prefer a paper and pencil approach? Try the Deciding Your Major Worksheet (PDF) to jump start your major and career exploration.