Strategies and Resources for Selecting a Major
- Visit Career Services
- Meet with a career counselor who can help you explore your interests, values, strengths, possible majors and careers.
- Visit the Academic Advising Center
- Academic advising for majors or course selection is available for all undeclared students.
- Talk to Faculty Advisers
- Faculty advisers can provide you with information about their majors: specific course requirements, options within the major, and networking leads. For a list of advisers, visit the Major Adviser Directory.
- Take classes and get experience
- Determine what areas of study interest you and take classes in those departments. You will then have a taste for whether or not you want to take any more classes in that field.
Resources for Undeclared Students
- Explore the Guidelines for Choosing a Major on the Career Services website.
- Take an assessment which can help you choose a major and assess occupations.
- Explore majors and career options through career fairs, networking events, and internships.
Office of Undeclared Students
For more information, visit the Office of Undeclared Students website.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who should I see at Career Services?
- Ask for a career counselor who can guide you through the process of selecting a major.
- How do I declare or change a major?
- Complete a Declaration of Major/Minor form, available in the Academic Advising Center or the Office of the Registrar. Take the form to the undergraduate adviser for the major for advising and approval. Submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.
- When should I declare a major?
- Declare your major as soon as you can make a well-informed decision. Curriculum may change from year to year so officially declaring your major will establish your degree requirements. Most students should declare the major no later than the third semester of enrollment. This timing will allow you to complete the requirements for all but a few majors in four years. All undergraduate students must declare a major before achieving 70 baccalaureate units.
- May I take classes in my major before I declare it?
- Sometimes. You will find a list of courses required for each major in the SDSU General Catalog. Courses listed in Preparation for the Major are a great place to start. Some majors are impacted and have pre-major requirements that must be satisfied before you can begin taking upper-division major courses.
- Do I need to pursue a specific undergraduate major in order to gain admission to my desired postgraduate professional program?
- Some graduate programs have specific majors and prerequisites, but many are open to students from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds. Check with the specific program you have in mind.