Advising Information for Undeclared and Pre-Nursing Students
The Academic Success Center is considered the "major department" where undeclared major students at Stanislaus State receive advising. As an undeclared major, you have indicated that you are currently exploring majors. We realize choosing a major can be a difficult decision but know that 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.
Online advising is available. See the Online Academic Advising webpage to make an appointment. 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 websites 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.
Pre-nursing students receive their academic advising at the Academic Success Center, since pre-nursing is an academic track, not a major. The most current Nursing Roadmap contains information on all necessary pre-requisites and requirements needed to apply for the Nursing program. Nursing is a highly competitive program; please refer to the application statistics.
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.
- Email the form to new department chair (signatures are not required from the department chair as the email will serve as consent).
New department chair – Email form to email@example.com.
(Signatures are not required from the department chair as the email will serve as consent.)
- Current Department will get copy of change of major form for their records from the registrar email.