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Are You Undecided on a Major?

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Chelsea Lomartire
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Worried about being undecided on selecting a major? Relax! At Belmont it is ok to explore different academic pathways before you land on a major. In fact, we don’t require undergraduates to declare a major until the end of their sophomore year. And during this time of self-exploration, we offer support and resources to help students find the right major that aligns with their interest, goals and professional aspirations.

 

Undeclared, Undecided, Exploratory!

Generally speaking, you can think of yourself in one of these categories:

  • Undeclared – This is the broadest term used at Belmont. Approximately 100 students enter Belmont each year as undeclared freshmen.  Several more will join the ranks of undeclared throughout the year.
  • Undecided – This is the group that likely has some ideas but wants more information or experience before they choose a major. Some of these students know the end result (Physical Therapy/Law/Pharmacy), but haven’t decided on the best way to go forward.
  • Exploratory – For many reasons a student may want to pursue an exploratory route. Looking at options, identifying their own strengths, finding people that are like minded or “monetizing/creating something that allows you to fulfill a purpose” are examples of students who want to explore.

What difference does It make?  What is different about being Undeclared?

This is a question that is unique to each student.  Many students feel great pride in being undeclared knowing that college is a time of academic and personal discovery. Other students may feel pressured as if they must decide because they believe “everyone else knows what they are doing with their lives!”  Let’s discuss the differences:

  • Curriculum/Classes
  • Advising/Advisors

All in all, there are very few differences in the experience of those who declare majors vs. those who choose the undeclared/exploratory route!

 

The Belmont Experience for Undeclared Students

At Belmont we believe our role is to help you identify and pursue your purpose. Below is a listing of resources available to undeclared students.

  • Faculty Advisors
  • Office of Career & Professional Development
  • GPS (Growth & Purpose for Students)

 

What can I do to prepare for and think about majors?

It really is about what makes you unique; your interests: your desires, your goals and your experiences. We encourage you to think about, pray about, ask your friends and family about the way they perceive you and the way you want to be perceived.

  • Ask yourself and others these questions?

There are so many good reasons to remain undeclared/undecided!  It really has more to do with your comfort level for being undeclared than with any additional semesters. Belmont is an excellent choice of an institution for many students and if you are undeclared, you can be successful while attending Belmont. 

 

FAQS

Being undeclared may raise questions for you or your family. Here are some of the most common.

  • Do all other students have a major?
  • How long do I have to decide?
  • Is it more expensive to go to college when you don’t know your major?
  • Are there any majors that span across different interests?
  • What are hybrid majors? Could this be a good choice for me?