At Benedictine, you will find a variety of opportunities to broaden your view of life, yourself and the world of work that will influence the direction you decide to take in your academic study and career. Some of your broadening will occur as you speak with your instructors, seek the views of other students and engage in liberal education studies. Some of it will depend on your willingness to participate in community programs, extracurricular activities, seminars and student clubs. These experiences will provide you with a better vantage point to view life and yourself.
All new freshmen will work closely with Benedictine University at Mesa staff and faculty who will help you prepare your academic course schedules, assess your academic progress, adjust to college life and discuss selection of your major and career-related issues.
Undecided students are advised to take “general education” courses that are required for all majors. You should also take some courses in a field of interest during this time. Students who are having a difficult time narrowing down several interests may want to double major in two different areas. Depending on the combination and with the right planning and preparation, some students can complete two majors in no more than four years. Double majors are perceived well by potential employers and allow students to stand out from other candidates.
You should choose a major by the end of your sophomore year. Transfer students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree should have an idea about major choice within their first semester at Benedictine University at Mesa. Students are advised to enroll in one or more introductory or exploratory courses in a major while undecided to help with their decision. Declaration of a major or a change of major after that time may require additional semesters of study and/or summer school.
Various presentations are offered throughout the year to encourage students to explore the nature of different careers and to give them an opportunity for group discussion.
There are a number of publications related to career choice and success on Benedictine University’s Library website at ben.edu/library.
A number of Benedictine graduates volunteer their time to serve in a network of professionals whom you may contact for first-hand career information.
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