Fair helps students achieve better understanding of their selected majors

Several CSUN major representatives were present to answer any departmental inquiries during The Majors Fair Thursday afternoon in the Matador Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Not all of the colleges were in attendance, like the College of Business, but those that were provided information on the requirements and career options for students.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science students work alongside a faculty member and peers to design a senior design project in their final semester, which include mechanisms like a race car and an airplane.

“It’s not hard because you are really doing what you love,” said LaTesha Hagler, a College of Engineering and Computer Science student outreach coordinator. “It’s hands on experience and that’s important with engineering because you need to apply the theory into practice.”

Students who want to excel in this field must pass a number of math courses to graduate in a short number of years.

“Calculus is a prerequisite for all engineering classes, so if students could come in calculus ready, then the major could take up to five years,” said Hagler.

According to Hagler, the career options post graduation are endless, “It really just depends on what the student want to do. Some do mechanical engineering and some work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power”.

The College of Deaf Studies is another field that opens to the imagination as far as job choices go.

“Deaf studies can be applied to any field, anything from social work to advocacy to teaching. Anything under the sun basically,” said Kristi Brown Meador, a deaf studies academic adviser. “We have students who double major in things like law because they believe in social justice for the death community.”

A deaf studies major could finish the field in two years depending on one’s sign language level experience. However, even with little to no experience a student can be complete the major in three years.

“It can be pretty quick and it can be longer. The longer you stay here the more knowledge you will gain about the community and the culture,” said Meador. “You want to be involved in the community because involvement is a huge part of why you would learn American Sign Language as well.”

A requirement to successfully exit the major is a thesis paper on the student’s topic of choice pertaining deaf studies whether it’s about deaf student’s educational environment or deaf theater.

Unlike some of the other majors, the College of Humanities doesn’t offer a practicum because they are no longer an option as a major.

“I don’t know if it’s because they didn’t have a lot of people interested in it but a couple of years ago, they stop accepting people into the major,” said Martha Campos, a College of Humanities counselor .

English and philosophy majors commonly chose Humanities as their minor choice and become teachers at every level according to Campos.

“There is a long list of careers that people can go into, magazine editors, book editors,” said Campos. “I mean, it [Humanities] has a lot of background in analysis so the options are endless.”

The Advising Resource Center/ Educational Opportunity Program hosts this annual event free of cost for all interested students.