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Exploring Interests & Majors


  • Connect with the Center for Career & Professional Advancement (CCPA) and meet with a career specialist



  • Continue to reflect on your interests, values, and strengths
    • Explore your interests:  What kind of work do you enjoy doing?
    • Understand your values:  What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?
    • Embrace your strengths:  What are you naturally good at?







  • Review requirements for your intended major using MyDegreePath (MDP)
    • Learn more about using MDP
    • Under the Audits tab, use the function to Select a Different Program to run "What If" audits for majors of interest
    • Under the Audits tab, use the Program Matcher to explore majors suggested for you based on courses you have already completed
    • Use the Plans tab to create preliminary graduation plans for different majors









  • Expand your leadership skills
    • Attend the UC Merced Leadership Conference on Saturday, September 24, 2022
      • This annual conference for students in all majors and class years is held each September
    • Bobcat Leadership Seminar
    • BOLD:  Black Students Organizing for Leadership & Development
    • EMPOWER:  Womxn's Leader Development Program
    • LEAD Pre-Health
    • Yosemite Leadership Program
    • Apply for the University of Chicago Becker Friedman Expanding Diversity in Economics Summer Institute
      • Designed to identify and support talented undergraduates from a broad range of backgrounds interested in the study of economics
      • 3-week summer program
      • Includes stipend of $1200 (stipend is increased to $2400 for Pell Grant recipients)
      • Summer Institute pays for participant travel, housing, meals, and group activities
      • Actively recruits applicants who identify as African American, Latino, Native American, or first generation college students
      • Applications open in January and are due in early February
        • Ideal applicants are college first years or sophomores
        • Cumulative GPA must be 3.30 or higher
      • 2022 program dates: Mon. June 6 - Fri. June 10 in virtual bootcamp then Sun. June 12 - Sun. June 26 in Chicago, IL (must attend entire three weeks)
    • Participate in the UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML)
      • UC system-wide initiative for undergraduates designed to increase diversity in graduate business programs at UC schools
      • All-expense paid immersive business and career leadership program
      • Applications usually open in September with a due date in late December
        • Must be currently enrolled in sophomore or junior year at UCM
        • Open to all majors with cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
        • Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students with AB540 or DACA status
      • 2023 program dates and location:
        • Sun. May 21 - Thurs. June 1, 2023
        • UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
      • SIEML alumni are eligible to receive up to two years of full tuition and fee fellowships at any of the six UC graduate business schools (to complete MBA or other graduate business degree)





  • Volunteer or complete projects that benefit the community