Undeclared Major?

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  • You may feel that you are the only one who hasn't decided on a major. Not true: 25% of students entering college have not declared a major and almost 60% change their majors at least once throughout their academic career.

    It is important to know that students rarely wake up one morning with a decision made about their major.  Major decisions take time, patience, work and research.  There are several things you can do to find a major that fits your personality, skills, values and strengths: 

    • Take courses that explore different fields of study. You can usually do this while completing your general education requirements.

    • Review the majors offered and read their descriptions.

    • Make a list of majors that you don't want and a list of ones you want to explore. However, don't eliminate a major just because you don't know what it is.

    • Do some career exploration by taking the FOCUS 2V self-assessments.

    • Research majors through the Advising Center’s What Can I Do With a Major in ...?

    • Get involved in student organizations and/or community service projects that can help you explore different academic interests.

    • Conduct informational interviews and/or set up shadowing experiences with professionals in your fields of interest.

    • Talk to friends, family members and colleagues about their major and/or career to see if they pique your interest.

    • Visit your Faculty Advisor, the Advising Center, and/or Career Services for information on major and career options.