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Undeclared Students

Islander Transition Center

Haven't declared a major?
It's okay to be undeclared! It is not necessary to have a major course of study to begin your higher education! Students that have not selected a major prior to entering Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are assigned to the College of Liberal Arts (unless they select another college) and are advised through the Islander Transition Center.

What exactly is an undeclared student?
An undeclared student can be defined as:

The exploratory student: An intelligent, well-rounded student that is interested in many things and is not quite ready to focus on one particular area. However, they do desire to continue their education while investigating the many academic and career possibilities that might lie ahead. This may also be a student that has a pretty good idea of what they would like to major in, but wants to make sure that major leads them where they want to go before they commit to it. These students are actually less likely to change their major once they have chosen one. As a matter of fact, previous research on student groups have estimated that between 50%-75% of all students change their major at least once before graduation [Gordon and Habely, 149]. Both these sets of students may use tools (such as the Self Directed Search) to discover their strongest possibilities. Gordon, Virginia N, & Wesley R. Habely. Academic Advising, A Comprehensive Handbook. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Inc, 2000.

The student in transition: An undergraduate student who may have enrolled with a major, but whose academic goals have changed. These students typically continue taking core curriculum courses while exploring major requirements of different degrees. They may use the same tools as the exploratory student in searching for a major course of study. Interestingly enough, these students are more than likely to remain in the major they select than their peers who originally enrolled with a major course of study (NACADA, 2004).

Does enrolling as undeclared affect your graduation date? 
It may. It depends on your major; for science majors, education majors, and some business majors there are courses that need to be taken as an underclassman while you are working on university requirements. Again, these courses will usually count towards the university requirement for graduation if you change your major. This is why it is important to discuss your plans with your academic advisor. You should see your advisor at least twice a semester and keep them posted on your coursework. This is how you can guarantee you will graduate on time. Ignoring your advisor may place you in an awkward position-such as not completing the required coursework in the time frame you originally expected.

The Islander Transition Center advises all undeclared students that select the College of Liberal Arts as their college. Through the use of intensive, one-on-one, personal advising and select programs, we strive to assist you in selecting the major that is right for you. We offer both an encouraging and engaging environment for each one of our students advisees. We also strive to help you in your educational growth during your academic career and offer a place where you can examine the numerous majors and fields of study as you search for the one that's right for you.

It is not unusual to find students that do not select their major until the end of their second year of college. We understand this. Choosing a major is a very big decision to make. That is why we exist - to help you choose the one that is best for you! Once our office has assisted you in selecting a major, you should not only know what you have to look forward to in the curriculum, but where that major is going to take you. You should also have an idea of what career opportunities lie ahead of you after graduation. Realize that you, as an individual, are ultimately responsible for your success. The professors are here to instruct you, challenge you, and open up new paths of knowledge. It is up to the you to accept those challenges and use the knowledge you gain to change and improve your society, your University, your country, and your world.