Deciding on a Major
Some students do not decide on a program of study or a career path to follow until after they enter college, and many change their minds more than once during their undergraduate years. If you're undecided about a major field of study, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff can help you through the process of choosing a career path and selecting an appropriate program. If you do not select a major during the admissions process, you will be considered "deciding." Students with this status report to the college's Division of Humanities.
Explore Your Options
During your first few semesters, Investigate potential majors with professors in various departments. Select courses that fulfill general education requirements and introduce you to majors that interest you. Visit the Office of Academic Advising to learn about major requirements within each of your interested majors.
As you start your academic career in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, plan to meet with your academic advisor each semester to discuss ideas and strategies for exploration.
Outside of your classes you can also become clearer about your strengths, interests, and skills through active participation in campus and community activities. While you are deciding on a major, take advantage of programs that stimulate creative and intellectual discovery or that give you insight into the best career path for you. The college offers many programs that will open doors and help you learn about different disciplines and career options.
After Your First Year
Start working with your academic advisor to narrow down your choices and set a time line for making a decision. Bear in mind that although the requirements of your major will direct your studies, the college's strong liberal arts education will help prepare you for a number of career options.
As you proceed through the decision-making process, ask yourself specific questions: What are my interests? What are my career goals? What graduate degrees or certifications are required beyond the undergraduate degree in order to succeed in the careers that interest me?
Keep in Mind
Choosing a major is an exciting part of the college experience.
You must declare a major prior to reaching 60 cumulative credits, including non-NSU credits, generally by the end of your sophomore year. When you are ready to declare a major, fill out "Change of Major/Minor" or "Change of School" forms available at the Office of Academic Advising.