Two Roads Diverged in a Wood
The connection between undergraduate major and occupation
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,/And sorry I could not travel both/and be one traveler, long I stood/and looked down one as far as I could/…
—From "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Frost
Although it's highly unlikely that poet Robert Frost had undergraduate majors and occupations in mind when he wrote "The Road Not Taken," his poem offers insight on the link between the two. The bottom line: The path you take as an undergraduate matters, but your major is just one of many decisions that contribute to your occupational choices.
“Your choice of major is not as closely linked to your occupation as most people imagine,” says Emily Bardeen, director of Alumni Career Services. “For example, the business world draws students from across the University, not just the Comm School. And your choice of undergraduate major doesn’t limit you to a certain occupation. Look at governmental studies majors, for instance. They aren’t all going into government service.”