If you are undecided about what you want major to in at ETSU – DO NOT WORRY! It is
very common to be undecided about the career path you want to follow and the major
you should choose. So common in fact, that we have a whole office staffed with professional
advisors to help you through this very important decision making process.
We will work closely and walk with you through the decision making process as you make one of the most important decisions of your life – your career choice. Below are some common questions that students ask us and we share our answers. BUT, you will have many, many more questions that you will want to ask in making your decision. We look forward to supporting you in this process to get you to the career that you choose!
Your Support System in the University Advisement Center!
Questions about being "Undeclared" or "Undecided":
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.
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.
Changing a majors means that a student has made a decision regarding academic and career interests.
Most students change majors at least once. You should discuss your decision with your advisor, in order to avoid taking coursework not compatible with your major decision.
Changing your major means that you must meet with your Academic Advisor to officially change university documents and to transfer your advisement records to the department of your new major.
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.
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.
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 General Education Concentration. This is merely the first step in the process to major declaration.
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