Students still uncertain about their academic goals will have an opportunity to seek expert advice during the inaugural “Find a Major Fair” set for March 24-25 at The University of Southern Mississippi.
The five academic colleges at Southern Miss are sponsoring the event in conjunction with student ambassador representatives who will be “selling” their majors to fellow students. The theory behind this model is that students are more likely to heed advice from their peers when deciding upon academic issues.
Booths will be on display in ballrooms I, II and III at the Thad Cochran Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is a free resource designed for all current and prospective Southern Miss students.
“The ‘Find a Major Fair’ provides the student with a wonderful opportunity to peruse virtually all that our university has to offer in one event,” said Dr. Brett Kemker, associate professor and assistant provost at Southern Miss. “Our hope is that this venue assists our students in finding a relevant, viable path toward earning a degree at Southern Miss.”
The fair is being coordinated through the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at Southern Miss. The academic colleges being represented include: College of Arts and Letters; College of Science and Technology; College of Business; College of Health and College of Education and Psychology.
However, rather than rely on segmentation often associated with events of this kind, the “Find a Major Fair” will utilize the World-of-Work Map in matching students to certain career fields. The World-of-Work Map organizes occupations into six clusters, 12 regions and 26 career areas. It graphically illustrates how occupations relate to each other according to primary work tasks.
Some of these work tasks include the following:
• Data: Facts, numbers, files, business procedures
• Ideas: Knowledge, insights, theories, new ways of saying or doing something
• People: Care, services, leadership, sales
• Things: Machines, tools, living things and materials such as food, wood or metal
In addition to assistance from academic departments, the Office of Career Services will provide career assessments to help students determine how their personalities, interests and skills align with a career/major. Representatives of Freshman Year Experience at Southern Miss will conduct an evaluation at the end of the program to determine whether or not the fair was beneficial to students.
“The Office of Interdisciplinary Studies is excited about this event because it’s the first time we’ve done anything like this,” said Dr. Jeannie Gillespie, associate dean for centers and director of Interdisciplinary Studies. “There are so many exciting things to do at the university and we want to be able to share that with undecided students and help them find a major that sincerely connects their interests and passions so that they’ll be successful at the university and later when they move on into the world of work.”
For more information about the “Find a Major Fair” call 601-266-6891 or visit www.usm.edu/bis/
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.