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Majors and Careers

Trouble Choosing A Major?

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Dr. Crynes exploring majors with a student

Need help deciding on a major that fits your interests, skills and career goals? Using our interest assessment tests and expert knowledge of OU majors and careers, our Major Exploration Coaches will help you discover your options and decide on an academic major.  Finding and declaring a major should be a thoughtful process and we offer a variety of free resources to help:

  • Free, online and in-office career assessments
  • Worksheets for identifying interests, values, and skills
  • Knowledge of helpful online resources
  • Walk-in and by-appointment Major Coaching to:
    • Interpret assessment outcomes
    • Identify academic and occupational relationships (which majors lead to which jobs)
    • Discuss decision-making influences (e.g. what’s holding you back?)
  • Seminars and presentations for your student groups or organizations
  • Annual Majors/Minors Fair

Book an appointment with a Major Exploration Coaches at, in Cate Center 4 (rooms 382, 383, 385), by phone at 405.325.1684, or email at

Beginning August 25th, walk-in hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Major Exploration Coaches

Stephen Crynes, Director of the Assessment Center

Dr. Stephen Crynes

Director of the Center for Major & Career Exploration
Stephen has a B.A. in History, M.ED in Student Affairs and a PhD in Higher Education Administration, and is a Certified Career Development Facilitator. He worked in both the non-profit and corporate world before returning to the world of Higher Education. Stephen is also an instructor for the Gateway to College Learning, Strategies for Success, Choosing A Major and Exploring Careers courses.


Dustye Bailey

Major Exploration Coach
Dustye received her Bachelor's degree from OU in English LIterary and Cultural Studies in 2009. After working in healthcare at the OUHSC, Dustye returned to OU to become a PreMedical Health Professions advisor for two years. She is pursuing her Master's Degree in Human Relations with an emphasis in counseling.

Clint Hardesty

Clint Hardesty

Major Exploration Coach


Travis Lightsey

Travis Lightsey, Jr.

Major Exporation Coach

Travis received his Bachelors degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Art in 2008.  He previously worked as an Admissions Counselor at Oklahoma Baptist University for 4 years before joining the OU staff.  He is currently pursuing  a Masters of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership.

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