Picking a Major

Choosing a major can be a difficult choice. First of all, ask yourself if you like what you do in the military. If so, we probably have a degree to match your job. If not, think about what it is you would like to do.

Spending years of your life getting an education is a long time to spend and not use that education. Your life is a long time to spend being miserable living with a choice of a degree/profession that isn’t right for you.

Below, we have provided a chart that will help match your own assessment of your interests and skills with the programs we have available. Then, you may view all majors organized by UALR by college and department or by type of degree. These lists will give you an idea of where to go to find more information on the area you want to study.

If you like… + If you are good at… = Look at the majors offered in the College of …
  • to examine the role that humans play in the development of the world
  • to look at the ways that art and culture have influenced history
  • language, art, history, literature, music, theatre, dance
  • to study human behavior
  • to improve society
  • study/perform research
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  • writing effectively
  • art (writing, theatre, dance, music, painting, drawing, design)
  • thinking outside of the box
  • appreciating global and historical perspectives
  • observing people
  • being objective
  • taking an interest in people
= ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
  • fundamentals of the business world
  • working with numbers
  • analyze information
  • to be the boss
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  • analyzing real-world problems
  • thinking outside of the box
  • working well as part of a team
  • being self-motivated and disciplined
= BUSINESS
  • working with children and/or young people
  • to be enthusiastic and creative
  • to motivate
  • to engage in learning
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  • organization
  • being patient
  • communicating
  • leadership
= EDUCATION
  • to solve practical problems
  • to think logically
  • to work with your hands
  • new technology
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  • being innovative
  • math and science
  • working well as part of a team
  • coming up with solutions
= ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • to follow the rules
  • to be fair-minded
  • to serve your community
  • to solve problems
  • to work in mass media
  • public speaking
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  • making decisions
  • working well as part of a team
  • communicating
  • being aware of your surroundings
  • public speaking

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PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
  • to study math and science
  • to solve problems
  • to know why
  • the world around you
  • to take care of people
  • how science relates to people
  • a hospital/health care setting
  • details

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  • logic and organization
  • following a specific process
  • observing things
  • working well independently
  • maintaining a positive attitude
  • personal health and wellness
  • communicating
  • working well as part of a team
= SCIENCE

Degree Plan

After you have declared a major and minor (if a minor is required by your major), your advisor will draw up a degree plan. The plan indicates, as of a given date, the hours completed, course substitutions, waivers allowed, courses still needed, and other requirements for the degree. Your advisor will track subsequent progress through the degree plan using the degree audit feature in BOSS.

Once you have chosen and declared your major, received a degree plan, it is time for you to apply for whatever financial aid you are eligible to receive.