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Major Maps Workshop

Creating a Major Map for each undergraduate degree program at NDSU is a new initiative to assist advisors and faculty in guiding their students successfully through a degree. Major Maps will be used with the intention of enhancing advising and career coaching. 

About Major Maps


Major Maps Task Force Members

Submit a Major Map

Workshop Dates

There are no upcoming workshop dates at this time. For individual assistance or to request a workshop be made available to your department, contact

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Workshop Agenda:

Major Maps Workshop - The Basics:
Find out why Major Maps are a vital tool for advising and guiding students successfully through an undergraduate program. Take away lessons on how to develop the basic information required for all Major Maps at NDSU. Both workshops dates will contain the same information, so you only need to attend one session.

  1. Introduction - What the heck is a Major Map? // Jill Motschenbacher
  2. How to add to or update the 4-year plan of study in the Bulletin // RaNelle Ingalls
  3. Working with the Major Map template // Jill Motschenbacher
  4. Best practices for keeping information consistent between the Bulletin, Fact Sheets, and Major Maps // Charlene Wolf-Hall
  5. Finding career information. // Mark Matthes
  6. Getting student feedback on your map before it is completed // Charlene Wolf-Hall
  7. Wrap-Up - Contact information and participant questions. Primer of post-workshop Major Map work time // Jill Motschenbacher

Create a Major Map:
Bring a laptop and begin creating a Major Map for your undergraduate programs. Members of the Major Maps Task Force will be available to answer questions specific to your program. Use this time to get a head-start on the production of Major Maps for your undergraduate programs. Participants can attend both Create a Major Map sessions if you would like extra assistance.

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What are 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 by June 1, 2018. Ultimately, this will be an annual process that provides consistent information to update the Bulletin, Fact Sheets, and Major Maps in a streamlined manner. Submit your Major Map.


Below are templates available for units to use in creating their Major Map. These templates are created in PowerPoint.

NDSU Template - Year one Job/Internship (PowerPoint)
NDSU Template - Year two Job/Internship (PowerPoint)
NDSU Template - Year three Job/Internship (PowerPoint)
NDSU Template - Year four Job/Internship (PowerPoint)
Major Map Sample - NDSU Mechanical Engineering (PowerPoint)
Major Map Sample - NDSU Manangement Communication (PowerPoint)


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)

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.

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Major Maps Task Force Members:

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 // Office of the Provost
RaNelle Ingalls // Registration and Records
Mark Matthes // Career Center
Jill Motschenbacher // Office of Teaching and Learning
Jeremy Penn // Office of Teaching and Learning // Assessment
Carrie Anne Platt // Department of Communication
Matthew Salafia // University Honors Program
Merideth Sherlin // Office of Admission

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Last Updated: Friday, November 3, 2017 9:40:00 AM