Information for Parents

 Major Success: Tips for Helping Your Student Choose a Major 

Parents are a primary resource and sounding board for students' career and educational decision making. Encourage your student to connect with our office as soon as possible, starting their Freshman year.

Talk to your student about his/her major decision (or lack thereof!)

  • Listen to your student's interests and help him/her identify related skills.
  • Be patient as your student grows, develops and perhaps even changes over time.
  • Encourage your student to participate in related out of class activities, part-time jobs and volunteer experiences.

Identify your concerns and expectations to your student

  • Help your student set realistic goals.
  • Make clear any standards that you have concerning majors/careers.
  • Study the Samford catalog together with your student.

Provide opportunities for learning

  • Ask friends if they will talk to your student about their jobs and how they related to their undergraduate major.
  • Save information, i.e. articles, pamphlets, websites, related to your student's interest and goals.

Suggest a visit to the Career Development Center, Beeson University Center Room 205

Or contact us via phone (205)726-2980 or via email


  • Interest inventories and personality assessments
  • Books, informational handouts, and assistance with career research in office and online
  • Personalized, individual career counseling
  • Off-campus part-time jobs and internships
  • Ms. Heather Mitchell ( works with all freshmen and all undeclared majors
  • Mrs. Brent Latta ( works with all sophomore level and above students who are considering changing their major

Important Facts for Your Information

  • Samford students must choose a major before the beginning of their junior year.
  • At Samford, a minor is required only in certain fields of study.
  • 16% of all college students believe they will change their major.
  • 65-85% of all college students ACTUALLY DO change their major.
  • The average worker will have three to six careers and up to 20 different jobs over his/her career lifetime.
  • Most peoples' careers are not very closely related to their undergraduate academic major.
  • Following are transferrable skills that employers most value in new hires: Communication Skills, Honesty/Integrity, Teamwork Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Motivation/Initiative, Strong Work Ethic, Analytical Skills, Flexibility/Adaptability, Computer Skills, Self-Confidence

Source: NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) This site provides a series of related articles written by career counseling professionals.



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