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Choosing a Major
- Read the University Catalogs
Read the college catalog. Sounds funny right? But studying the course descriptions can help give you ideas about courses that might be of interest to you. Go through all the course descriptions, highlight those that interest you. Take at least one course in the areas that interest you.
- Talk to Faculty and Upperclassmen in the Majors of Interest
They probably taught or took the courses that you highlighted. What do they like most about their field? Least? What do you have in common with them? Gather information from several individuals to get a full idea of the field.
- Talk with Alumni and Other Professionals
You will be amazed at the range of career fields represented by a single major. Find out what people working in that field thought was helpful for their career preparation. Find out what they would change if they could do it all over again. A staff member in the Academic & Career Advising Center can help you with this.
- Strong Interest Inventory
The Academic & Career Advising Center uses the Strong Interest Inventory to help students choose majors and explore career options.
- Talk with an Academic/Career Advisor
Call 395-2063 or stop by Lancaster Hall, G08-A to schedule an time to meet with someone in the Academic & Career Advising Center.
- Other Resources
The Academic & Career Advising Center only provides academic advising for undeclared students.
Declaring a Major
To officially declare a major, an undeclared student must complete and file a Change of Major Form. Students may declare a major any time after admission but must do so by the time they have earned 45 credit hours.
The best time to declare your major is not during the advising/registration time period (mid March). Instead, declare your major earlier or later in the semester to allow time paperwork to be processed and for you to introduce yourself to your new advisor prior to advising and registration so you aren't meeting for the very first time during a hectic time of year.
How it's done:
- Print a "Change of Major" form
- Complete and sign it
- Take it to your new Department Secretary**
- Secretary will ask Department Chair** to sign it
- Department Chair will assign you a new academic advisor
- Take the form to the Registration Office to be processed
Athletes will also need to get the signature of the Athletics Academic Support Coordinator before submitting to the Registration Office.
** For faculty/staff contact info, please use the online faculty/staff directory