What discoveries could you make at Miami?

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Be inspired by the experiences of our students who began their college careers as University Studies majors:


Amy Yu

Amy Yu

Class of 2016
Major: Marketing
Minor: Chinese

Amy came to Miami as a University Studies major. She had time to explore her interests and now knows that she wants a career that involves traveling around the world. By giving her the freedom to combine her majors and minors in business and languages, Miami is helping Amy follow her calling.

"When I was in high school, I didn’t really know about the world. After my first year at Miami, I had a sense of direction. Last summer, I went to Tianjin, near Beijing, where I took classes to satisfy my minor in Chinese. I’m also learning about places all over, like Latin America and the Middle East, because my dream job is to work for the United Nations."


Evan Vacchiano

Evan Vacchiano

Class of 2018
Major: Finance

Evan's adviser helped him find courses to explore his interest in business and at the same time fulfill some of the Global Miami Plan requirements. It's common for students first entering college to take the time to explore their interests — or even to define their interests — before choosing a major and career objectives. The University Studies major is a good place to start for undecided students.

"My adviser said to pay attention to what you’re good at and what you like to do. They tend to be similar. Well, I'm taking Miami Plan classes in entrepreneurship and economics, and I've discovered that they're a good fit for me."


Haley Fakes

Haley Fakes

Class of 2018
Major: Early Childhood Education

Students use a variety of tools to help define their interests. Haley used the Career Service’s "Focus 2" software program to see the diversity of careers possible with different majors. She also took the course "Career Development for the College Student" to clarify her academic and career goals.

"Focus 2 showed me careers I wouldn't have thought of. And the career class was really useful. Our instructor did a lot of career exploration with us. We each created a resume and a LinkedIn profile, and she gave us advice on what information to include."