Major Decisions: Motivations for Selecting a Major, Satisfaction, and Belonging.

Krista Soria, Michael Stebleton

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In this paper, we analyzed the relationship between students' motivations for choosing academic majors and their satisfaction and sense of belonging on campus. Based on a multiinstitutional survey of students who attended large, public, research universities in 2009, the results suggest that external extrinsic motivations for selecting a major tend to be negatively associated with students' satisfaction and sense of belonging. Intrinsic motivations and internal extrinsic motivations tend to be positively related to students' satisfaction and sense of belonging. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalNACADA Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Bibliographical note

Accession Number: 94196536; Authors:Soria, Krista M. 1 Email Address:; Stebleton, Michael 1; Affiliations: 1: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Subject: Motivation in education; Subject: Student engagement; Subject: Academic achievement; Subject: College majors; Subject: Research universities & colleges; Author-Supplied Keyword: academic advising; Author-Supplied Keyword: academic major; Author-Supplied Keyword: extrinsic motivation; Author-Supplied Keyword: intrinsic motivation; Author-Supplied Keyword: satisfaction; Author-Supplied Keyword: sense of belonging; Number of Pages: 15p; Record Type: Article


  • Motivation in education
  • Student engagement
  • Academic achievement
  • College majors
  • Research universities & colleges


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