School Settings: Major Groups


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The names of Majors vary from school to school.  To help employers avoid confusion when evaluating students from different schools, and to help ensure that employers don’t miss qualified students, Handshake created Major Groups.  Each major group on Handshake’s list represents a relatively broad field of study (for example “architecture” or “advertising”) which typically incorporates a number of majors. When employers post jobs or search for students, they have the opportunity to use either a major group, or specific majors.


During a school’s initial Handshake implementation, you'll work with Handshake to upload all of your school’s majors as a part of your student file.  Once that list of majors has been uploaded, the school’s career services staff can map those majors to Handshake Major Groups.

Handshake limits major group mapping to three Major groups per Majors. Job recommendations and employer searches for students can be extremely challenging when this limit is not followed, as students will qualify for all jobs but they are at a disadvantage because employers can not target or filter down to certain sets of students.


There are two ways you can map your Majors to Major Groups. You can either start with the list of major groups in Handshake and map your majors to them, or you can start with the list of majors at your school and select what Major Group each one belongs to.  Instructions for options follow:
 

To map Majors to Major Groups using the Major Group tab:
 

  1. Click on your school name in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  2. From the drop down menu, click School Settings.  You will see a list of tabs on the left.  

  3. Click Major Groups on the left.  You will see a list of all Major Groups in Handshake, divided into categories.

  4. Select the Major Group you’d like to edit.

  5. Click Edit Majors.  You’ll see a list of all majors at your school.

  6. Check the box to select any majors you’d like to map to this particular Major Group in Handshake.  Note:  You may uncheck the box of a particular Major to remove a Major from a Major Group.

  7. Be sure to scroll down and click Save in the lower right hand corner when you are finished.

  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for each Major Group you’d like to define.


To map Majors to Major Groups using the Major tab:
 

  1. Click on your school name in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Click School Settings.  You will see a list of tabs on the left.

  3. Click Majors.  You will see a list of Majors at your school and Major Groups in Handshake.

  4. Click on the Major at your school you’d like to assign to a Major Group in Handshake.

  5. A list of all Major Groups in Handshake will appear.  Check the box of the Major Group you’d like to map this Major to.  You may select more than one.  

  6. Be sure to scroll down and click Save in the lower right hand corner when you are finished.

  7. Repeat steps 4-6 for each major you’d like to map to a Major Group.

Note: the Handshake Major Groups were developed in cooperation with a number of our partner schools and may be modified over time.  

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Dannon Loveland

We uploaded our student file, but majors don't appear on the pages listed above. What should we do?

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    Hilary Dudek

    Hi Dannon! Can you reach out to our support team so we can review your student file? It's possible that the file was not formatted correctly. 

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