Major Maps

Major maps are guides that deliver major-specific advice on academics, extra-curricular activities, networking, international opportunities and career development all in one place for current students. They will build on the 4-year plans of study in the bulletin and the fact sheets.

Major maps are intended to supplement current fact sheets and plans of study found in the bulletin. For additional background on the major map concept, see the Education Advisory Board's (EAB) 5 steps to building a co-curricular major map.

Creating a major map is a new requirement for all undergraduate programs offered at NDSU. All major maps will be posted on the NDSU Career Center website. Ultimately, this will be an annual process that provides consistent information to update the bulletin, fact sheets, and major maps in a streamlined manner. 



Below are templates available for units to use in creating their major map. These templates are created in PowerPoint and are currently being converted to multiple formats.

NDSU Template - Year one Job/Internship - PowerPoint  |  PDF  |  Audio (MP3)
NDSU Template - Year two Job/Internship - PowerPoint  |  PDF  |  Audio (MP3)
NDSU Template - Year three Job/Internship - PowerPoint  |  PDF  |  Audio (MP3)
NDSU Template - Year four Job/Internship - PowerPoint  |  PDF  |  Audio (MP3)
Major Map Sample - NDSU Mechanical Engineering - PowerPoint  |  PDF  |  Audio (MP3)
Major Map Sample - NDSU Management Communication - PowerPoint  |  PDF  |  Audio (MP3)



Below is a list of professional development activities students could spread across 4 years. 

Read more about writing for the career section of a major map. Word document  |  PDF Audio (MP3)

Year 1
  • Explore self, including personality, strengths, interests, and skills
  • Explore potential career options that may be a good fit
  • Explore potential major options that may be a good fit
  • Explore connections between careers and majors
  • Explore student organizations to join, aligned with career direction
  • Begin attending career events
Year 2
  • Begin networking with professionals in targeted field
  • Join a targeted professional association/club/organization
  • Consider if study abroad fits into your education
  • Develop 10-15 second elevator pitch on who you are
  • Conduct internship/job search
  • Create LinkedIn profile
  • Build out LinkedIn connections
  • Learn professional etiquette
  • Write resumes
  • Write cover letters
  • Write thank you notes
  • Develop list of references
  • Create business cards
  • Choose interviewing attire
  • Create Careerlink account
  • Learn interviewing tips
  • Do mock interview
  • Attend career events
Year 3
  • Connect with more people in fields of interest
  • Consider a leadership position in a professional association/club/organization
  • Embark on a study abroad experience, if applicable
  • Do a substantive internship or experiential learning in your targeted field
  • Initiate informational interviews with people in careers of interest
  • Develop a life-after-graduation plan with bite-size next steps
  • Reflect on internships/experiential learning and how they're shaping your future plan
  • Prepare for any continuing education beyond current degree
  • Prepare graduate school personal statements, if applicable
  • Attend career events, including career expos, fairs, and networking socials
  • Participate in on-campus interviews
Year 4
  • Solidify post-graduation plan
  • Connect with people who can help you materialize post-graduation plan
  • Pursue targeted organizations for post-graduation work
  • Pursue position types that fit your career goals and current background
  • Debrief with advisors
  • Update LinkedIn profile
  • Dial in resumes for post-graduation opportunities
  • Dial in cover letters for post-graduation opportunities
  • Attend career events, including career expos, fairs, and networking socials
  • Participate in on-campus interviews
  • Evaluate job offers
  • Learn how to excel in new job

The Career Center has online training modules on many of these topics.


Task Force

The Major Maps Task Force is the working group developing and implementing the plan to create and publish major maps. This is a group effort and requires partnering across service departments and colleges. 

Charlene Wolf-Hall (not on campus anymore) // Office of the Provost 
RaNelle Ingalls // Registration and Records
Jill Motschenbacher // Office of Teaching and Learning
Carrie Anne Platt // Department of Communication 
Matthew Salafia (not on campus anymore) // University Honors Program
Merideth Sherlin (not on campus anymore) // Office of Admission



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