Choosing Your Major

February 07, 2024
Office of Undergraduate Admission

Did you know that each year 20-50% of students who enter college for the first time are undecided on a major? Did you know that 75% of students will change their major at some point during their college career?

While some students come to college knowing exactly what major they would like to pursue, there are a lot of students who come in still undecided. One of the amazing things about being a Zag is the ability to explore your options while at GU, especially if you are undecided. Gonzaga offers over 75 different academic programs to choose from. While exploring different majors, Gonzaga encourages students to find what they are passionate about. This helps students not only find a fulfilling career but also find their purpose.

College is a time to ask questions and experience different things. We welcome students who are exploring and have a variety of interests! Gonzaga’s Core Curriculum is rooted in our liberal arts tradition. It is a great way for students who are still deciding to sample classes in a variety of disciplines. In addition, the core curriculum educates students in a way that fosters critical thinking and encourages students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in practical ways. Through service-learning courses, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, and programs like New Venture Lab, an organization that partners Gonzaga students with local businesses, students can get some hands-on experience in a variety of different fields. These hands-on experiences allow students to experience different fields and choose academic majors and minors that are the right fit for them and their future career.

There are a lot of ways for students who are still exploring to discover what they are passionate about and to assist them in finding a fulfilling career! Along with Gonzaga’s Core Curriculum, our university has two offices that can help assist students in finding the right major for them. These two offices are Academic Advising & Assistance and the Center for Career & Professional Development.

Academic Advising & Assistance

Exploring and determining a major field of study is an important choice. Professional advisors in Academic Advising & Assistance are here to help! These advisors can help advise students on different academic major and minor options at Gonzaga, including resources for helping you choose. Academic Advising also offers one-on-one appointments to help guide students during their four years at GU in both major exploration and registering for academic courses.

Center for Career & Professional Development

The Center for Career and Professional Development (CPD) helps students identify career goals and what academic program best fits their journey. This center assists students by providing an exciting opportunity to explore what kinds of careers exist, what skills and interests they have, and what goals they want to accomplish. This office’s staff provides one-on-one career coaching appointments, personal career assessment tools, and different career exploration online resources to help students find the right career path for them.


For more information on what choosing a major at Gonzaga looks like, visit our offices’ websites below.: