It’s not just about earning a degree; it’s about earning a degree to start a career you will love
Starting college doesn’t necessarily mean you’re certain of what you want to major in, or what career you’re aspiring to. Nearly 25% of all Marian University students are undecided and enter as an undeclared major – it’s completely normal and something we’re prepared to walk you through as you advance through college.
Maybe you are the first in your family to attend college. Perhaps you have a few paths in mind but need help deciding. Just know that Marian is going to be by your side and guide you step-by-step.
We’ll start by having you meet with your undeclared major advisor and our Career Services experts. One of the first assessments you will complete is the Strong Interest Inventory. Your responses allow us to identify the introductory classes – not just electives – we think will work well for you to start and map out your academic path.
After your first year, if you want more time to decide, great – we want you to succeed, which is why we offer flexibility and ease when it comes to switching majors multiple times. The ultimate goal is to keep you on-track to graduate.
Marian will help you find a program that matches your values, interests, and goals.
Office for Student Success
The Office for Student Success is ready to assist undeclared majors in making academic or career decisions. Our professional advisors will help you:
- Understand the purpose and value of general education as part of the college experience
- Learn the basics of university academic requirements, policies, and procedures
- Choose a major compatible with your interests, abilities, and goals
- Participate in programs, information sessions, and assessments to guide you in choosing what careers interest you.
- Strong Interest Inventory
- Resource Library
- Strengths Assessment
- Shadow Program
- Academic Information
- Collaboration with the Career Services Office
Your Journey to Selecting a Major
As your Marian advisor walks with you during your journey to selecting a major, how you answer these questions may provide clarity.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have an academic advisor who solely works with undeclared major students and who truly cares about your education and career path. This advisor will work with you to help you learn through a system of self-assessment, occupational research, and decision-making skills that will help you narrow down your choices. Career inventories are also useful tools to help identify career interests. Your advisor will help you learn about the majors and minors we offer.
Learn About an Undeclared Major
You will receive help learning about the best major for you through career assessments, personal assistance, workshops and events, and advising sessions. One project will be to develop your four-year career plan. Every freshman is offered a one-week externship that will allow you explore different career options.
With 40+ majors, we offer direct entry into nearly everyone, meaning that once you choose a major, you are in that major immediately. Some schools may make you wait to see if they have a spot for you. Start exploring your area of interest on Day 1 and declare your major when you’re ready. Being undeclared is a great way to start, and our education is designed to help you stay on-track and graduate on-time.
What are general education courses?
As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree. Gen eds are required regardless of major. Taking general education courses your first semester allows you time to select a major.
All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Argumentative and Research Writing
- Introduction to Christian Theology
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
- First Year Studies