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Match Your Personality to Southern Methodist University Majors, Minors, and Related Careers

Research shows that students who choose a college major or career that matches their personality get better grades, graduate on time, and have greater job success and satisfaction.

Four Steps to a Good Match and Decision

  1. Take The Career Key® test using SMU’s code and identify your strongest Holland personality types.
    Don’t have a code? Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your assessment options by calling 214–768–2266 or stop by during drop–in hours. If you are currently enrolled in the Cox School of Business, please contact the Cox Career Management Center to discuss your assessment options by calling 214–768–1943.
  2. Come back to this page to explore SMU programs below for your top two personality types identified by The Career Key® test.
  3. Learn as much as you can about the programs that interest you . Click on each program for more information about the major. For more help with your Career Key test results and making a career or major decision, the Career Development Center.
  4. Make a good decision using the ACIP method – it is simple and effective.

Click on or scroll down to explore the SMU majors that match your personality, Minors have an asterisk (*).
Read how they were scientifically grouped.



Agriculture and Natural Resources
Natural Sciences*

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering*









The two personality types closest to Conventional are Enterprising and Realistic. So that's the place to look for majors that fit you.