Undecided? Not a Problem.
Don’t worry if you haven’t decided on a major: you’re in good company. Many new college students are unsure of what to major in when they begin their freshman year. For these students, choosing a major and a career path while still in high school seems impossible. You, like your peers, are probably interested in a wide range of subjects, or could imagine being happy in careers that range from teaching to medicine to creative writing or beyond. Focusing your interests and choosing a major is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. We’re here to help.
Let yourself dream—and let us help you.
North Park University is a great place to explore your interests and get advising as you process your decisions. Our core curriculum program is designed to give you a taste of courses across the University, and First Year Experience will get you involved in community life and extracurricular activities that can help you discover what you’re passionate about doing. We’ll also pair you with a faculty advisor from day one who will walk alongside you as you process your experiences and figure out what you’d like to study.
Do a self-assessment.
Deciding on a major requires some self-reflection and imagination. Here are some suggestions to get your started:
- Make a list of your skills, hobbies, dreams, and things and people that inspire you.
- Think about what motivates you.
- Think about ways you’d like to be of service to others.
- Imagine yourself doing the unimaginable: from public speaking to flying to discovering a medical breakthrough. Someone has to do it; why not you?
Explore Our Resources.
In addition to faculty advisors and classroom experiences, you also have access to resources such as the Career Development and Internships Office, which offers career counseling as well as a number of helpful tools and strategies for academic and career success.
Taking the Next Step Is Easy.
All students enter North Park as “undeclared” majors—we don’t let you make a formal major declaration until after at least one semester—but we do suggest that you declare a major by the end of your first year. Don’t forget, though: you’re not locked in. You can change your mind.
When you’re ready, use our online major declaration form.
You may be prompted to log in to view the form. Use your North Park account username (not your full email address) and password. Follow the steps in the form to fill it out and submit your information.