What is Discovery!? Choosing a major is a huge decision, but you don't have to make that decision alone. The advisors of University Advising are trained to help you in your search using our DISCOVERY! process. As a team, we will work with you to help you figure out how to tailor DISCOVERY! to fit your specific, and individual needs.
Below we have a four prong approach to Discovery!: Exploration, Research, Investigation and Confirmation. Click through the tabs to figure out where you are at and what resource will help you most. As always, if at any point in the process you have questions, send your advisor an email or come see us in person!
This is the start of the discovery process! We encourage students to explore their strengths, interests, and values so that they develop an accurate view of self. By knowing who you are, what you want, and why you want it, exploration allows you to start to narrow down which majors at Texas Tech might fit you best!
Need help thinking about your major path the next 4 years? Here is a great place to start. It isn't a hard and fast set of rules, but it gives you a good idea of how to realistically envision your time at Texas Tech.
Our Exploration Activities Work Sheet is a series of critical thinking activities which ask you to reflect on who you are. These are geared toward helping you identify and analyze your strengths, weaknesses, values, and goals. You can use this information as you begin researching possible Texas Tech majors.
Career Assessments help you connect your strengths, interests, and values to real world contexts. Texas Tech offers multiple career assessments that help students tie potential career options to majors. We recommend looking at the FOCUS, Strength's Quest and the Strong's Interest Inventory!
Not an assessment person and would rather do this visually? A great place to start is by using Pinterest. Not only can you follow each of Texas Tech's colleges and get a feel for what they are about, you can use your own boards as a way of organizing your thoughts and clarifying what it is you really want to pursue.
Now that you've learned about yourself and started to identify where your strengths, interests, and values lie, it is time to connect those to majors and minors at Texas Tech. Below we've provided you with multiple resources to help you make those connections and begin researching what major and/or minor will be a best fit for you!
These are helpful tools that group TTU majors and minors based on the career areas you might be interested in (you can find another example here). Notice there is often overlap and many majors fall into multiple areas. What is the best way to use this tool? Mark through everything that doesn't work, and then start doing research based on majors you've narrowed down to.
Many students now benefit from endorsement areas coming from middle school onward. To help you think explore major options at the university level, we've created a major by endorsement areas.
Have you taken the Strong's Interest Inventory, or at least have a general sense of who you think you are? Then majors by interest might be a helpful research tool for you. This utilizes your Holland Code and helps break down major options based on stated preferences.
As you are doing research, this resource is a great way to envision how potential majors can have multiple applications in the future. If you are looking at several different majors and wanting to compare, click on the links and read over the information!
Degree Works is our go-to resource on campus for looking at degrees and comparing course work. If you want to know what kinds of classes each major entails, degree works will be your main resource. And best of all, it will plug your current coursework in and show you how it fits with your potential major.
This is where the rubber meets the road in your research, and leads to investigation. With the OOH, you can look up different occupations, explore things like education, work environment, and average salary, as well as job growth in different areas. Additionally, the OOH provides parallel career paths that you could use to link with potential parallel major options! If it seems a bit overwhelming, use this worksheet to navigate each career path's information.
The TTU course catalog is a great place to get information on all of our majors across campus. If after doing research you are not sure where to start looking at TTU, this is a great place to begin.
At this point you've narrowed down your major and minor options to a few choices. You want to investigate how those degrees play out in the real world and what kind of options might be available to you. We've provided you with several useful resources to investigate major trajectories further both on campus and in the working world.
Here you can look at each College's website you are considering so you can see what their majors are up to. You may also want to see if there are any faculty you want to meet with and ask questions about their own college journey. This website will give you links to every college on campus.
One of the best ways to really learn about a major or career pathway is to interview people who have done them. We've provided a pdf with some helpful questions so you can talk with professors and professionals about their experiences and get a first-hand account of what your intended major or career path might look like.
Undergraduate research provides students opportunities to see their classroom education intersect with real-world application. There are many opportunities for undergraduate research on campus. We recommend starting with the link above, as well as The Center for Active Learning and Engagement.
Internships are a significant part of every college student's degree and provide on-the job experience in summer, semester and year-long formats. Internships can also be a great way to connect your potential major to a career in the future. We recommend looking at internships in your intended major/field to see if they fit your interests, values, and strengths.
Student organizations are a wonderful opportunity to get involved with fellow students on campus, while also working towards goals that grow and challenge you personally, professionally and academically. There are many organizations that connect with majors and career paths. See if there is something that fits you!
Texas Tech's career center partners with colleges and companies to help students identify jobs and career paths going forward. This link provides you with a calendar of career and major fairs throughout the year so you can swing by and see what colleges and employers are expecting from students!
You've learned about yourself, identified some major and minor options and know how those can work out in real world context. The only decision you have left is to declare or not! Below you can find info to help you think if you're still on the fence, as well as the information you need to take that step and declare!
You know what you want you are ready to take the final step. Awesome! Here you can find relevant information for all the advising offices across campus so you can connect with the advisor in your intended major and get declared!