Starting Undeclared

Collegeview.com says “it’s okay to begin your first and even second year of college without choosing a major.” Many advisors at UT Arlington would agree. Sometimes it is best to ease into college and spend some time learning about what is available instead of jumping, head first, into a degree you know little about. There are many resources available to students that are exploring their options.

  1. The University Advising Center offers free Major Exploration Seminars throughout the year, a Major Exploration class (UNIV 1131) and hosts the Maverick Major Fair during the fall and spring semesters.
  2. The Career Development Center offers free resume critiques, workshops and a Career Fair during the fall and spring semesters.
  3. Counseling and Psychological Services offers advanced career assessments and one-on-one counseling to help with the decision-making process.

In addition to all of the resources, there are several approaches that an undeclared students can take to help narrow down degree options. Students can take core classes that are required by all majors to start considering areas of interest. Most degrees do require an elective of some sort, so there is some wiggle room when it comes to “trying out” a major. It can be very helpful to set up an Informational Interview with a community member, department advisor or faculty advisor. Join a student organization to learn more about areas of interest from a peer perspective.

Bottom Line: It is important to start asking questions as soon as you can and know that choosing a major is only a part of your college experience.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” - Bill Cosby

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