The Academic Success Center is the “major department” for undeclared students at Stan State. As an undeclared major, you have indicated that you are currently exploring majors. Choosing a major can be a difficult decision and if you’re not sure what you want to major in, you are not alone. The average college student changes their major at least three times according to the National Center of Education Statistics.
Keep in mind that your major does not define what careers you can pursue after graduation. Only some careers require a specific major, such as nursing. Use the What Can I Do With This Major? tool on the Career and Professional Development Center website to learn about possible career fields within each major.
Being an undeclared student is okay. However, it is very important to select a major as early as possible. Careful planning and organization is needed to complete your degree in your desired timeline.
Walk-in advising is available. See the Academic Success Center home page for days and times. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 667-3700. If you have an Undeclared advising hold you must complete the steps indicated in the email you received to have the hold released.
Deciding on a Major
As an undeclared student you should:
- Explore a wide range of courses that will meet general education requirements for graduation
- Learn more about yourself such as your interests, values, strengths, and personality type. By learning more about yourself, you will be able to find a major that interests you.
- Attend the "Exploring Majors and Careers" workshop hosted by the Career and Professional Development Center or schedule an appointment with a Career Coach to help clarify your goals
- Use the resources on the Career and Professional Development Center's "Explore Majors and Careers" page: What Can I Do With This Major?, Choosing a Major Guide, Helpful Links (O*Net Occupational Information Network, Occupational Outlook Handbook, CareerOneStop)
- Use the university catalog to learn about majors at Stan State, major requirements and course descriptions
- Visit department web sites to learn more about their programs
- Talk to faculty and students in the major
- Informational Interviews are a great way to learn about a typical work day, qualifications needed and strategies for success from a professional in the field
- Internships, part-time and summer jobs are a great way to get hands on experience
- Join a major-related club
- Use the Majors and Careers Exploration worksheet to help you review majors you are most interested in pursuing
By using these resources and researching different careers you can make a well informed decision. It is important to note that students must declare a major once they have accumulated 60 units of credit.
Undeclared Interest Majors
Please note that if you are interested in majors such as Nursing, Biological Sciences and Kinesiology, there are certain pre-requisites you need to complete in order to declare the major. The Nursing program has an application process with additional criteria that you will need to meet in order to be accepted into the program. Until you complete the pre-requisites and additional criteria, you will be considered an Undeclared Pre-nursing, Undeclared-Biological Sciences interest or Undeclared-Kinesiology interest student.
If you have already selected a major and simply have not completed the paperwork necessary to declare a major, you will need to complete the following steps:
- Complete the Declaration or Change of Degree Objective form.
- Obtain current department approval signature from an advisor in the Academic Success Center.
- Obtain new department approval signature from your new major department.
- Return the form to the Academic Success Center in MSR 210 (not Enrollment Services as noted on the form instructions).