If you’re a senior in high school, it’s hard to imagine what life will hold next year — let alone five or ten years from now. Deciding your college major may feel like a choice that will determine the rest of your life, and you shouldn’t feel rushed into a decision. In fact, choosing your major and determining your path is a process that can take months, or even years.
Students discover their academic strengths and career aspirations throughout their time at SJU. Through our General Education Program (GEP), you’ll have the opportunity to take classes in areas you may never have studied before…or even known about! Even if you start off with a declared major, you may find yourself with new interests and goals. You could realize through one class that you love digital publishing, or micro-economics, or travel writing.
If you’re certain about your major, you can certainly declare your major before you start. But we also encourage students to choose one of four undecided majors:
- Arts & Sciences – Undeclared Humanities
- Arts & Sciences – Undeclared Natural Science & Mathematics
- Arts & Sciences – Undeclared Social Sciences
- Haub School of Business – Undecided Business
Undeclared students typically mix courses from the General Education Program with courses of personal interest to allow them the opportunity to learn about different disciplines. Students are matched with faculty advisors who are dedicated to undeclared advising and the Advising Centers in each college typically reach out to undeclared students for extra advising. Special workshops in partnership with the Career Development Center are geared to help students with their decision.
In short, if you’re unsure about your major, coming in undeclared can actually help you gain some time and perspective to figure it all out.
Dr. Celina Gray is the Director of the College of Arts & Science Advising Support Center at Saint Joseph’s University.