Undeclared Major
  • What is an Undeclared Major?

    Well, it's our most popular major. Many students are uncertain as to what area of study they would like to pursue. We find that students usually have so many interests that they have difficulty narrowing their choices from among a variety of areas.

    On average, two out of every three university students change majors at least once. In fact, many students change majors several times. Some educators even encourage new students to wait until they have tried a variety of courses before actually declaring a major.

    Capital students have the advantage of a Career Development staff that individually works with them on their major and career selection process.

    Capital also has designated advisers to work with undeclared students.

    When do I have to declare a major?

    If you want to complete a major within four years, you should begin the courses specific to your academic program early in your university career. Unlike students at some larger universities, Capital students generally complete a major within four years. Students must formally declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. Some programs, however, such as music, nursing, occupational therapy, chemistry, athletic training and increasingly, education, have a rather structured order in which courses must be completed. Students in these majors should declare their intentions as early as possible.

    Can I change my major?

    With the approval of the new department, students may declare a new major as often as they wish. Graduation delays occur when students switch majors too frequently and are unable to complete the necessary courses in the time remaining within four years.

    If I am undeclared, how will I register for courses?

    All new Capital students are assigned an adviser—someone to monitor your academic progress, help you explore areas of interest, register you for courses and explain inventory results.
    All students, regardless of their major, are required to take a series of 12 classes through the General Education curriculum. Students who have not declared a major can start taking the General Education courses along with electives that may become part of a major.

    What resources are available to me?

    Workshops - Exploring Capital 's majors
    This workshop is offered four times each semester. Attend one of these workshops to learn about the majors at Capital and which majors fit you based on your skills, interests and values.

    Self-Assessment Instruments
    Surveys available to help you understand more about yourself and aid in career decisions include The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey. Students can make an appointment to use the instruments.

    The Career Development web page provides a rich resource for students to explore career information. Click on "Career Options by Major" to view a variety of helpful resources, including "What can I do with a major in...?" guides that provide information on careers, employers and additional skills that relate to each of Capital 's majors.

    What Should You Be Doing About Your Career Search?

    Freshman Year
    Learn more about who you are, what you like, and what values are important to you. Begin by using written exercises and/or self-assessment resources to explore areas of interest for possible majors and (ultimately) career areas. Career Services can direct you to the tools that are best for you.

    Sophomore Year
    Choose your major, and explore potential careers at the same time. Read about majors and careers that interest you. Talk to professors and other "contact" people (friends, family, etc.) about your preferred major and possible careers. Make your summer count - use it to explore a career. Career Services can connect you with the right resources.

    Junior Year
    Continue expanding your list of contact people, and try information interviews with people who are in jobs that sound interesting. Consider trying an internship - the best experience you can get unless you already are working full time in your chosen field. (You 'll need to get your résumé ready for an internship.) Preparation for graduate or professional school should begin this year, too. Career Services can help prepare you for these experiences.

    Senior Year
    Make the transition from university life. Finish your résumé; learn about the job search and the interviewing process. As with the junior year, this is also a good time for an internship to give you the experience that is so essential. To apply for graduate or professional school, you must begin early in your senior year. Career Services can assist you in learning the skills you will need to secure a job after graduation.