Interests Key

Interest areas refer to what students will study in a particular program rather than how students can potentially use the major or minor. Click on the arrow ( ) to see how your learning and experiences relate.

Animals
Science, preservation, management of animals

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about animal care, ecosystems, or veterinary medicine by reading books, taking classes? Do you enjoy biology and chemistry? Do you find yourself attracted to reading articles or fascinated by shows about endangered species, animal care and treatment?

Do you have experience working with animals? Have you raised animals, volunteered at an animal shelter, served as a dog walker or pet sitter, or worked in a veterinary office)? Have you been involved with 4-H animal projects, a humane society, zoo, racetrack, livestock farm, or programs such as training guide dogs?

Art and Design
Arts and design

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about art history, different art mediums- painting, drawing, sculpting, design, film, theatre, photography, dance, music?

Do you have experience creating or presenting art (for example, art classes, art exhibit, art as a hobby, performance, made videos, created websites)?

Business
Business of products, services, consumerism

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about business practices, human resources, leadership, economics, and management? Do you read/watch business news?

Do you have experience working in business (for example, retail, or internship in a firm)? Do you follow the stock market? Have you had high school experiences in business related clubs or competitions?

Children and Youth
Teaching/working with young people

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about human development, child safety, or teaching practices? Do you like teaching others? Do you enjoy learning why children behave as they do?

Do you have experience working with young people (for example, as a babysitter, camp counselor, youth group leader)? Can you motivate a group to listen, learn, and work well together? Are you patient? Do you get satisfaction seeing children grow, learn, and achieve as a result of your work?

Communications
Communication methods, theories, and skills

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about visual electronic or written information? Have you studied the ways that information is exchanged among people? Are you inclined to read articles about psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects of communication?

Do you have experience working on a publication like a school newspaper as editor, reporter, or photographer? Have you worked on advertising, blogging, managing social media for a group/organization; worked for a radio/TV station; written speeches, participated on a debate team; created videos or graphic art?

Computers and Cyber Information
Information/computer technology

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about new technologies and information security, taken computer science courses, studied a computer language, or built a data base?

Do you have experience working with technology? Do you like gaming? Are you the go-to person for friends and family when they need help with electronic devices (e.g., smart phones, computers, TV)? Do you like being the first to try out new technology? Are you the person to teach others how to use them? Do you like to solve problems through use or development of technology?

Culture and History
Past/present people and societies

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about history? Are you an avid reader? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Do you read National Geographic? Do you watch the History channel or read travel magazines or books about other countries?

Do you have experience making friends with people from different backgrounds? Have you joined clubs or organizations related to a particular culture? Do you go to historical sites (e.g., battlefields, historic homes)? Do you attend cultural events like Chinese New Year or a powwow? Do you like going to archives or museums of art or natural history and/or various cultures?

Earth Science
Physical earth, climate, energy, nonrenewable resources

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about the planets or the environment? Are you interested in issues related to energy efficiency and the impact of fossil fuels on the environment? Are you fascinated by navigation systems? Do you like reading maps?

Do you have experience working on environmental/sustainability projects? Have you attended a science camp? Do you collect/identify rocks or fossils? Do you like to follow and predict weather patterns?

Engineering
Designing/developing solutions to technical problems

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about how things work? Are you good at math, and do you enjoy physics? Do you like finding creative solutions to technical problems?

Do you have experience building computers or designing or building machines, rockets, or robots? Do you like to take things apart and put them together? Are you into computer gaming? Did you participate in engineering competitions, such as a Rube Goldberg contest?

Entertainment
Production and promotion of entertainment

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about the arts (visual or performing, such as dance or music)? Do you consider yourself to be an actor, dancer, singer, or artist? Do you read reviews of performances, sports events, or electronic/digital games? 

Do you have experience performing or organizing performances? Have you been involved with television or radio broadcasts? Have you created films or electronic games? Have you analyzed performances or sporting events? Do you have experience using media to promote events?   

Environment, Sustainability and Nature
Protection and sustainability of nature and the environment

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about natural resources? Do you follow the issues related to climate change? Are you interested in wildlife preservation and management? Are you fascinated by the interaction between people and the environment, ecology, ecosystems?

Do you have experience working on environmental issues, for example in Scouts, 4H, or a nature center? Are you an environmentalist? Do you enjoy the outdoors?

Food
Science, production, and distribution of food

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about nutrition or dieting, gardening, or the culinary arts? Do you like hands-on science, such as labs? Are you interested in agriculture and sustainability as they relate to food and water?

Do you have experience working in a grocery, restaurant, or kitchen? Do you enjoy experimenting in culinary arts? Have you maintained your own garden? Have you ever worked on a farm, managing animals or crops?

Global Studies and International Relations
Globalization and worldwide relationships

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about international politics, diplomacy, or foreign policy? Do you regularly read the international news section of a newspaper or read magazines with an international focus? Do you enjoy learning other languages?

Do you have experience in activities like Model United Nations? Do you reach out and make friends with people from other countries/cultures? Have you traveled abroad, gone on an exchange program or a mission trip?

Health and Medicine
Human health and life sciences

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about biology, the human body, or animals? Do you regularly read about health in the news? Have you done well in chemistry?

Do you have experience volunteering in a hospital or retirement home? Have you ever shadowed a doctor, dentist, or anyone else in the health professions?

Helping People
Working with people in a helping relationship

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about improving others’ lives or social conditions, or how to help others overcome obstacles?

Do you have experience volunteering or assisting others on a regular basis, for example: volunteering or working at a food pantry, shelter, nursing home, hospital, or child-care facility? Do your friends turn to you for support?

Human Behavior and Interactions
Human behavior/interaction, social development

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about psychology, sociology, economics, history, or anthropology? Have you contemplated why people make the decisions or choices they do? Are you fascinated by human-interest stories or the differences among cultures?

Do you have experience observing child-care facilities to understand child development, volunteering at a nursing home to understand the aging process, shadowing a human service professional?

Languages
Languages as structures of human expression

Have you ever engaged in learning a second or third language? Do you dream of travel? Have you talked to someone in another language? Have you read a book in another language?

Do you have experience listening to music from other countries? Do you watch foreign films (not dubbed)? Have you traveled to other countries? Have you participated in a club or organization that relates to a particular region of the world?

Law, Policy, and Politics
Law, political systems, or public policy

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about civics, government, and history? Do you read/watch the news regularly (international, national, or local)? Have you observed government in action through visits to national, state, or local government assemblies or attended a court session?

Do you have experience in student organizations related to politics, civics, or social justice issues? Did you participate in student government, mock trial, debate team, or Model United Nations?  Have you volunteered for political campaigns?

Math and Numbers
Numerical skills and competencies

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own higher levels of math including calculus? Do you like analytical problem solving using numbers and data?

Do you have experience using quantitative skills? Have you served as the treasurer of a club or organization? Do you track data for an organization or a team? Do you help others solve math problems? Have you participated on a math club or team? Do you play games involving numbers or logic?

Physical Science
Areas related to physics and chemistry

Have you ever engaged in learning advanced math and science? Do you like to read books or articles about science?

Do you have experience in advanced physics or chemistry labs at school? Attended science camps and competitions?

Plants
Science and business of plants and trees

Have you ever engaged in learning about ecosystems? Do you like biology and chemistry? Are you interested in forests, horticulture, landscaping, bio-fuels, or the management of renewable resources? Are you fascinated by plants and outdoor environments?  

Do you have experience propagating plants or maintaining a garden (vegetable or ornamental)? Do you frequent arboretums? Do you choose to spend time outdoors?

Reading and Writing
Areas focused on reading and writing

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about other cultures, present and past? Did you take advanced language and literature courses; do you read history or philosophy? Are you an avid reader; do you read multiple books at the same time? Have you received good feedback on your writing?  Do you look for ways that you can creatively integrate writing into projects? Do you feel the urge to write? Do you find yourself analyzing plays and literature?

Do you have experience publishing your work? Have you written for the yearbook or a newspaper or written scripts for film or plays? Are you writing your own poetry, fiction, non-fiction? Do you keep a journal? Are you part of a book club or attend book talks? Do you love to spend time in the book store? Do you enjoy public speaking?

Recreation and Fitness
Pursuit and management of recreational activities

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about fitness and the science behind it? Do you like reading about nutrition and health? Do you like applying what you learn and informing others about recreation, nature, or the environment?

Do you have experience working at a summer camp or recreation program? Have you participated on a sports team? Are you active and keep physically fit? Are you an outdoors person? Do you have experience coaching youth sports, organizing and facilitating recreational activities? Can you motivate a group to listen, learn, and work well as a team?

Sports
Science and business of sports

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about sports, the rules of the game? Are you interested in the business behind athletics? Do you follow sports statistics and the careers of athletes? Do you like learning about the human body, fitness, and strength training?

Do you have experience playing or coaching sports? Have you participated in personal training? Do you participate in or coach sports? Have your own sports injuries generated a curiosity about healing and performance?

Teaching
Education and teaching certification

Have you ever engaged in learning on your own about child development and teaching? Do you enjoy reading about how people learn? Do you like teaching others? Do you have a particular area of expertise that you enjoy teaching to others? Do you read about current issues in education?

Do you have experience volunteering in a classroom or leading groups of children?  Have you coached a sports team or worked at a summer camp? Have you tutored or organized study groups? Are you patient and organized? Can you motivate a group to listen, learn, and work well together?