Tips for Declaring a Major, Minor, or Concentration

It’s that time of year that everyone sort of loves and hates at the same time. It’s the home stretch of the semester and you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, but on the other hand, it’s time to stop procrastinating on those semester-long projects and essays, and finals are right around the corner.

Anyway, back to the exciting part, you’re about to complete your first year in college! If you’re a student who is undeclared, you’re probably starting to consider declaring a major, or maybe you need some more time (that’s ok too.) You might also be a student who has already declared a major, but maybe you are thinking about adding a minor or a concentration inside of your major. No matter which of these categories you fit into, we have some tips for you!

Tips for Declaring (or Changing) Your Major

  1. Consider what your passions and strengths are
  2. If possible, take an elective in your desired major before you declare it
  3. Consider your desired career path
  4. Discuss your plans with your faculty advisor
  5. Discuss your plans with other students in your desired major
  6. Use the “what if” feature on degree tracker to see how your credits will count in your new major
  7. You must declare a major by the end of your second year, if you are a freshman, or as soon as possible if you are a transfer student (don’t panic, there’s still time)
  8. Where to go: The Academic Advising Office on the 1st floor of the library

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Tips for Declaring a Minor

  1. Find a minor that will aid you on your career path, or something that you are passionate about
  2. Make sure that you aren’t spreading yourself too thin and taking time away from pursuing your major
  3. Some majors incorporate a minor into the required courses, make sure to declare the minor to get credit for the work you already have to do
  4. Where to go: The Academic Advising Office on the 1st floor of the library

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Tips for Declaring a Concentration

  1. Consider all of the concentration options in your major
  2. Consider your desired career path
  3. Carefully look over the flowsheet for your desired concentration
  4. Discuss your plans with your faculty advisor
  5. Where to go: The Academic Advising Office on the 1st floor of the library
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