What Can I Do With This Major?
Through Notre Dame's Core Curriculum and foundation of a liberal education, you have the unique opportunity to seek knowledge and engage in learning on a broad array of topics. Take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Notre Dame's First Year Advising encapsulates this theme:
A Notre Dame liberal education is more than just taking classes in the liberal arts. It is the purposeful cultivation of shared intellectual values that include an appreciation for a broad spectrum of intellectual endeavors, the capacity to think analytically about complex issues, and the ability to communicate effectively in a wide variety of contexts. It also fosters an ethical, moral, and spiritual awareness that we believe will lead our Notre Dame graduates to live responsible, compassionate, and ultimately meaningful lives.
All students will select a major - some may also discern a new passion and change majors. Your major is important, but it does not define who you are as a person, and an academic major does not guarantee a particular career path. You have many career opportunities with any major. Reflect on your values, interests, personality, and skills. Think about about what excites you... what motivates you... what brings you joy. Once you discern this, explore ways to find success, meaning and impact in your life. Take the time to explore career opportunities that lead to meaning and impact for your entire life.
Some career fields require particular majors, degrees, and certifications. Research if a career in which you have interest requires an area of specialization. Also know that a broad range of career opportunities are available, regardless of what you study. Every year, career counselors and senior leaders of the University receive comments from recruiters that organizations seek individuals who are team players and are motivated to learn and work hard.
Meeting with a member of our Student Engagement Team is an excellent next step.
Exploring opportunities and charting the course for your future can be overwhelming. Many resources exist to help you learn about opportunities, and there is no one resource that will answer all of your questions. One resources which you may find of interest is What Can I Do With This Major?, a website created by the University of Tennessee (and used by career counselors at many colleges and universities). The site provides link to many (not all) academic majors with detailed content in these area:
- Types of career opportunities
- Employers (types of organizations that seek these types of majors)
- Strategies (how to gain entry into career fields)
- General information (tips and suggestions for students to prepare for particular career paths)
- Professional associations (links to organizations which support and advance particular careers)
- Links to career outlooks on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Related Resources (links to other websites of interest for particular career paths)
- Employment Opportunities (links to career-specific job search sites)
While not a definitive list of every opportunity for every major at Notre Dame, the website provides an excellent opportunity to open your eyes to a key principle: your major does not limit your career opportunities.
Using the Website
Below you will find a list of many of Notre Dame's academic majors. Links to many but not all, majors are provided on the What Can I Do WIth This Major website (hosted by the University of Tennessee). If your major is not linked to the site, that does not mean there are no career opportunities. In addition to the What Can I Do WIth This Major website, check out the following resources:
- Irish Compass (Notre Dame alumni/student mentoring site where you can search for alums by their academic majors)
- First Destination Data: Class Major Data (Through a partnership with the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research, you have the opportunity to research a data set of first destinations of graduates, and refine the results by major. This site will give you insight into roles, salaries and locations of graduates)
- The College of Arts and Letters offers an excellent overview of career outcomes by major for graduates.
If you have any questions or would like to further explore career opportunities, schedule an appointment online or call us at 574-631-5200.
List of Academic Majors
1 College of Arts and Letters
note: if your major is not linked below, check out the College of Arts & Letters Outcomes page (noted by the "A&L" link)
- Africana Studies
- Arabic Studies
- Art History
- Film, Television, and Theatre
- French and Francophone Studies
- Gender Studies
- Irish Language and Literature
- Italian Studies
- Medieval Studies (A&L)
- Neuroscience and Behavior
- Philosophy and Theology (joint major)
- Political Science
- Program of Liberal Studies (A&L)
- Romance Languages and Literatures
- Studio Art
2 Mendoza College of Business
3 College of Engineering
4 College of Science
- Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
- Biological Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Neuroscience and Behavior
- Physics in Medicine
- Preprofessional Studies