Undeclared/Exploratory Students

So, you have decided to attend Missouri State University, but you are undecided about a major. Good! The truth is, most beginning college students are not sure about a major or career choice.

Your choice of a major is too significant to rush. Instead, use your first semesters at the university to explore all your possibilities. At Missouri State you are surrounded by resources to help you make important decisions about your future. Until you are ready to declare a major, you will be classified as a undeclared/exploratory student advised in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, and you will be encouraged to gather information about yourself and your educational and career options. It can take a considerable amount of time and effort to make sound decisions about your future, so be prepared to start the process at the beginning of your college experience.

Work with your academic advisor. He or she will be one of the key resource people to help you consider your options for a major. Your advisor will help you choose courses to fulfill general education requirements while gaining exposure to a variety of majors offered at Missouri State. He or she also will help guide your research on the requirements for the different majors you will consider. So that your advisor can be as useful to you as possible, you need to make and keep advising appointments throughout the semester. Be honest with your advisor about your academic strengths and weaknesses, and share your ideas and concerns about choosing a major.

Begin to seek information and experience now so that your choice of a major will be based on solid facts rather than guesses. Remember, you are not alone in deciding what direction to take with your life!