UW Majors & Holland Types

According to Dr. John Holland’s RIASEC theory, both people and majors can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, & Conventional. Below you will find a brief description of the six different types. Select which type you feel best describes you to see a list of majors that correspond with that type.

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Realistic – “The Doers”

  • Like to work with things more than with people
  • Traits: genuine, sensible, practical, natural, thrifty, modest, persistent, honest

Investigative – “The Thinkers”

  • Like to work with ideas more than with people or things
  • Traits: logical, curious, exact, intellectual, cautious, independent, quiet, modest

Artistic – “The Creators”

  • Like to work with ideas more than with things
  • Traits: open, creative, independent, emotional, impulsive, original

Social – “The Helpers”

  • Like to work with people more than with things
  • Traits: helpful, understanding, responsible, warm, cooperative, convincing, friendly, kind, generous, patient

Enterprising – “The Persuaders”

  • Like to work with people and ideas more than with things
  • Traits: outgoing, adventurous, energetic, optimistic, sociable, self-confident

Conventional – “The Organizers”

  • Like to work with papers and numbers
  • Traits: practical, careful, thrifty, efficient, orderly, persistent