Values and College Major

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Matthew Ringenberg


Arts and Sciences


Social Work

ORCID Identifier(s)

orcid.org/0000-0003-4596-1051, orcid.org/0000-0001-8028-0935, orcid.org/0000-0003-3015-8207

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-23-2016


The aim of this study is to explore how college students' values affect their choice in majors. The research question was as follows: Which values are correlated with college students’ specific choice of major?

The sample frame was 1,285 Valparaiso University upperclassmen. The sample only included students who declared their first major in one of the following groups: business, communication, criminology, engineering, English, foreign languages and literatures, kinesiology, math, meteorology, political science, psychology, science, and sociology. Participates were both male and female and between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three. The class standing and major choice of these students was based on an official list provided by the Valparaiso University Registrar’s Office.

The construct that was measured is as follows: values- beliefs that define what is most important to you.

Implications of this research included understanding if a link between values and college major exists. The information from this research is intended to help students find a major that fits them in accordance to their values, or to help students determine if their major is a good fit for them. This research may be especially useful for undecided students at the college level as well as high school students exploring possible college level studies.

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