• Major Exploration Night: Information for Academic Departments

    Choosing a major is one of the first significant life-decisions that many college students have to make. Most of us are not born with a sense of our vocational path. For many students, coming to a conclusion about an undergraduate major requires a fair amount of active investigation.

    This is why the Career Development Center facilitates Major Exploration Night for all Hamline students to explore and discover majors at Hamline. Our hope is to create a welcoming atmosphere where students might take the first step in their investigative process, along with providing students and faculty the opportunity for open dialogue.

    All academic departments are set up to host an open house on campus on Tuesday, October 16, 5-7 pm. See the map of locations here.

    Reminders and recommendations for department hosts on Major Exploration Night: 

    • The Career Development Center will be delivering handouts, signs, nametags, and maps to your tables between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
    • We recommend that your space be set up by 4:45 pm to welcome any early arrivals.
    • Faculty are welcome to invite alums, upper-level students, or employers to be present to talk with students. You can email Alumni Relations (alum@hamline.edu) for contact information of alumni.
    • Departments are invited to host an activity or provide examples from coursework to help students “experience” the major such as a mini-experiment, writing exercise, or short presentations of student projects.
    • All first-year and transfer students will have received the Exploring Majors Assignment (an emailed handout) in advance of the event. The purpose of the guide is to help students explore their own interests and corresponding majors in more depth. It consists of a new, engaging interest inventory, reflective questions , electronic resources to explore majors/careers/course descriptions, and an invitation to attend Major Exploration Night.

    Look for an email in the week after the event requesting your input via a survey. Your feedback will be invaluable as we evaluate event outcomes and re-assess for next year’s programming.