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Declaring a Major

advctr_students_lab"What's your major?"
You're probably familiar with this question. Some students seem to answer it rather easily. Some find it quite challenging. Others may believe they know, only to change their mind several times. Regardless of which group you fall into, it's a big decision, and we want to help you find the best major and career fit. Your advisor can serve as an outstanding resource for you while navigating this decision. 

Here are a few basics on major declaration:

When to Declare.  At the latest, you must declare a major by the time you have earned 45 credit hours. However, some programs require students to take prerequisite courses as early as their first semester or may even have an application process. Depending on your intended program, it may be best for you to declare earlier. For this reason, it is important that you keep your academic advisor "in the loop" throughout the major selection process.

If you have settled on a particular major, make sure you've done your homework prior to meeting with your advisor. You can view the course curriculum for all majors in the Undergraduate Catalog. (See Undergraduate Programs.) To get an even better understanding of the program, it is also a good idea to speak with a faculty member or the department head of your chosen major.

What to Declare. Students sometimes find this part of the process overwhelming. However, you have expert assistance and resources to help you make this important decision. In addition to your advisor, the Office of Career Services offers career testing and counseling.  A Career Services counselor can evaluate your interests, abilities, values, and personality to determine which majors are the most appropriate fit. You can schedule an appointment for career counseling or meet with your advisor to further discuss this option.

You can also access a collection of major and career descriptions through the Career Services website.

How to Declare. Instructions can be viewed on the Advising Center How To… page.  




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