Advising Masthead

Declaring a Major

To Declare or Not to Declare … Is That the Question?

I don’t know when to declare a major (minor)…

I’m ready to declare a major (minor)…

I haven’t decided on a major (minor)…

I don’t know when to declare a major (minor)…

  • University policy requires that students officially declare a major no later than the completion of 54 credit hours (junior standing). 
  • Acceptance into a major may vary by department, school or college – some majors are subject to additional admission requirements. 
  • Students receiving Federal and/or State financial aid awards or other scholarships may have requirements for declaring a major early.  Consult with Washburn’s Financial Aid Office if you have questions.

I’m ready to declare a major (minor)…

If you are certain of your program of study, there are advantages to declaring your major early…

  • Receive an advisor who is an expert in your field of study, who can guide you with course selection, recommend sequence of courses in your major, and suggest relevant General Education courses to take. 
  • Stay on track to graduate within the typical 2-year time for Associate degrees and 4-years for Bachelor degrees. 
  • Become eligible for scholarships that are only for declared majors.
  • Participate in student organizations relevant to your major.
  • Network with others students in your area of study.
  • Read these Instructions for declaring your major.

I haven’t decided on a major (minor)…

Being unsure about your major is an opportunity, not a problem.  Most students change their minds, and exploring the possibilities is part of the fun!   As an exploratory student, you should choose university required and general education courses, as these will count toward any major.

You will benefit by using a process in selecting a major, even if you think you already know what you want to major in. Many students who began by "knowing" what they wanted, later find they had not explored all their options carefully and may not have made good choices. This could cost time and money.  These are ways Washburn can help you find a major that fits:

  • Take a variety of courses.  All degree programs have a General Education component – you may discover an interest not previously known, or meet a professor who inspires you. 
  • Check out Department websites for degree programs and requirements, course descriptions, career opportunities, and more.  Academic Programs A-Z
  • Explore your interests, skills, values, and personality style by taking the free Focus 2 Career Assessment (Access Code: Ichabods)
  • Experience is an effective method for exploring majors and careers.  Washburn Career Services can assist you in finding internships or volunteer experiences in fields you might want to try on.
  • Academic Advisors in the Center for Student Success serve as a resource for information about majors and programs.  Stop by Mabee 201 to pick up information or chat with an advisor.
  • Consider attending a Major Meet-Up event, sponsored throughout the semester to spotlight various majors offered at Washburn.

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