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Title:What factors affect how student's choose their majors?
Author(s):Harounn, Elizabeth
ANTH285 F07
Abstract:In this paper, I discuss the results of an ethnographic project about “What factors go into student’s making a decision on what field of study they would like to major in” at Illinois State University. Using interviews with 4 Illinois State University students, 2 Illinois State University advisors, and some participant observation, I show that there are many resources available to students than they realize. When talking with the advisors it seemed as though they could offer more help to a student than they may think. Based on these preliminary findings, I argue that student’s choose their majors based on job availability upon graduation, a little influence from their parents and also their own interests as well. I recommend that the University make the options that are available to students, such as the Career Center, better known. Also by what I found out in a couple of my student interviews, they recommended the compiling the following information: • What coursework is like • What kind of learning environment the classes provide • What will be expected of the student • What skill sets the student will have acquired at the end of their college career • What future job opportunities are typically available to them after graduation • Notify students that they have the option to access this information and how to do so.
Issue Date:2008-03-05
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-03-06

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