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Major decisions: Motivations for choosing a major, satisfaction, and belonging
NACADA Journal (in press) (2013)
  • Krista M. Soria
  • Michael J. Stebleton, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Abstract

This paper analyzes the relationship between students’ motivations for choosing academic majors and their satisfaction and sense of belonging on campus. Utilizing a multi-institutional survey students who attended large, public research universities in 2009 (n = 58,000), the study found that external extrinsic motivations for selecting a major tended to be negatively associated with students’ satisfaction and sense of belonging. Intrinsic motivations and internal extrinsic motivations tended to be positively related to students’ satisfaction and sense of belonging.

Keywords
  • academic advising,
  • belonging,
  • satisfaction,
  • student engagement,
  • persistence
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
Krista M. Soria and Michael J. Stebleton. "Major decisions: Motivations for choosing a major, satisfaction, and belonging" NACADA Journal (in press) (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/krista_soria1/6/