Academic & Career Advising

Deciding Your Program of Study

Choosing your academic program can be a confusing task. You may be interested in several programs that we offer at Rowan-Cabarrus. How do you choose the program that is the right one for you? There are several things to consider when choosing your program of study.

  • What do you plan to do after you finish your education?
    • Get a job?
    • Continue your education?
    • Work for a while and then continue your education?
  • What interests you?
  • In what subject(s) do you excel?
  • What are your skills? Your abilities?
  • What will get you where you want to go?
  • What is important to you?

If you are unsure of what program of study you want to pursue, come in and talk with an advisor in the ACA Center. We can help you find the best program to meet your goals.

A tool you can use with an advisor or on your own is FOCUS 2. FOCUS 2 is designed to help students select the right program of study and clarify career goals. It is self-paced and explores your values, interests, personality, and skills in order to help you find the best possible program of study or future career.

Get started with FOCUS 2. On your first visit to the site, you will need to register by completing a registration form. The access code you will need is navigators. Give it a try and learn more about yourself as you try to find the program of study that is the best fit for you!

When finished with FOCUS, we strongly encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to develop an educational plan and timeline using Student Self-Serve.

If you have no idea what you want to pursue as your program of study, you may want to talk with a career counselor. For further assistance, contact an advisor at Rowan-Cabarrus.