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East Tennessee State University

Undecided About Your Academic Plan?

 

Questions about being "Undeclared" or "Undecided":

What is a Major and how do you determine your major?

Choosing your major will be one of the most important academic decisions you will make in college.

A Major is a group of requirement courses that are related to a particular academic area.  For some students, choosing a major is a relatively easy decision.  For others, choosing a major requires more time and thought.  It is a decisions that should not be taken lightly.  You will find that some investigation of your personal goals, interests, abilities, and careful consideration of alternative fields and employment opportunities will lead to a good choice for you.  Change to and from different majors may delay your progress toward graduation, so early planning is advised.

What is an undeclared major?

If you are entering college without a specific field of study, you are classified as UNDECLARED until you officially choose a major.

At East Tennessee State University, approximately 1600 students are UNDECLARED MAJORS.

As an UNDECLARED student, you will have the opportunity to explore various academic and career options.

As an UNDECLARED MAJOR, the experience you gain in decision-making and goal setting will assist you in your professional and career goals.

UNDECLARED students are encouraged to declare a major by the end of their second semester.

What does it mean to change a major and how do I change my major?

Changing a majors means that a student has made a decision regarding academic and career interests.

Most students chance majors at least once.  You should discuss your decision with your advisor, in order to avoid taking coursework not compatible with your major decision.

An Undergraduate Change of Major Form is available in the main office of your new major or in the Office of the Registrar (Burgin E. Dossett Hall, Room 101).  You are required to take this form to the advisement coordinator of your new major so that the process may take place.

Changing your major means that you must complete the Undergraduate Change of Major Form to officially chance university documents and to transfer your advisement records to the department of your new major.

Do I need to know my Major now?

No. In fact, it may be to your advantage to wait until you have had a chance to explore various fields of study. You may discover your interests lie in a direction you had not considered before. One of the most important academic decisions you will make in college is your choice of major. A major is a group of required courses that are related to a particular academic area. For some students, choosing a major is a relatively easy decision. For others, choosing a major requires more time and thought. You will find that some investigation of your personal goals, interests, and abilities, and careful consideration of alternative fields and employment opportunities will lead to a good choice for you. Students are required to declare a major before earning 60 credits.

It's not uncommon for students who have selected a major to change at least once during their years in college. Changing majors can sometimes delay your progress toward graduation so early planning is to your advantage.

Nationwide, close to 75 percent of students change their major one or more times during their college experience.

Students who have taken some time to "shop around" for a field of study may be less likely to change majors ... a process that often costs you extra time, money, and effort.

When do I have to declare a major?

Students are encouraged to declare a major before earning 60 credit hours and are encumbered on registering after 90 credit hours.  All students are required to complete the General Education Core Requirements.


Process for students undecided in their major:

Major Declaration Process Graphic

 



Academic Focus Areas for Students Undecided in their Major:

Being undecided about a major is common for freshmen and the University Advisement Center (UAC) at ETSU is dedicated to helping students define and declare their major/career interests as early as possible in their academic life. Upon admission to ETSU, students who are undecided in their major will be asked to choose and Academic Focus Area.

Academic Focus Areas are not majors, but are broad categories of interest that will enable the UAC Advisors to guide students more skillfully into their desired major and help them select appropriate general education courses based on the Academic Focus Area. Students will not graduate in an Academic Focus Area this is merely the first step in the process to major declaration.

The Academic Focus Areas are identified as follows.  Click the buttons for more information about each Academic Focus Area.

Applied Technology button     Art button     Business button

                    Education button    Gen Ed Core button    Health Prof button  

                                        Humanities button    Social Sciences Button    STEM button

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