The undeclared program allows the student to enter or continue collegiate life while gaining more information with which to make a decision about a specific major field of study.
First-year students take coursework that provides a basis for entering any of the University’s curricula. Students are required to complete the orientation course (UD 101), which provides information on the various majors and programs offered by the University as well as other information necessary to make this important decision. Students may enter the undeclared status while considering a change of major and remain undeclared for up to 2 years.
With the dean or assistant dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences or the student’s professional advisor, the undeclared student declares an area of interest by April 15. The student then meets with the dean or assistant dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences and the chair of the department in the area of interest to determine the student’s suitability for the academic program of his/her choice. This determination is based primarily upon academic qualifications and space availability in the academic program.
An extension of the undeclared status into the second year may be granted to a student following the approval of the dean or assistant dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences. The curriculum content of the second year is developed by the dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the student and his/her advisor, using the student’s ultimate career goals as guidelines.
Acceptance into the undeclared option does not guarantee admittance into one of the degree-granting programs; rather, academic performance as an undeclared student will determine suitability for the other curricular programs. If at the end of the second year the student has not been accepted into a major, he/she may be dropped from the rolls.