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You are in good company! Over 900 students at Fresno State indicate their major is Undeclared. And we estimate at least as many students are what we call "misdeclared." Selecting a major that is a good one for you is a process of exploring and learning more about yourself.  We are here to help you!!!

The University Advising Center is the "major department" for undeclared and undecided students.

If you have not formally declared a major, or if you are considering changing your major, we invite you to make an appointment with one of our counselors.   Please call 559.278.1787 to make an appointment, or visit our office in Joyal 224 and make the appointment in person.

What does "undeclared" mean?

 "Undeclared" is a term used by the university for students who have not decided on or declared a major. Other institutions use terms such as "undecided" or "exploratory." "Undeclared" is also sometimes used by students who are changing their major and wish to be formally undeclared during the transition time between majors.

When am I required to declare my major?

Undergraduate students without a major are strongly encouraged to declare a major by the time they have completed 45 units or they will receive a Mandatory Declaration (MD1) reminder on their account.  

Undergraduate students must declare a major by the time they have completed 60 units or they will receive a Mandatory Declaration (MD2) registration hold on their account.

How do I declare my major? 

Download a "Change of Major Request" form, or pick one up at the Admissions & Records service windows located in Joyal Administration, north lobby. An approval signature is required from the department of the major you want to declare. The completed form is returned to the Admissions & Records service windows where your new major will be recorded within a few days.

Where do I go to get help with choosing a major?

  • The University Advising Center, Joyal Administration, Room 224. Call to schedule an appointment at 278-1787.
  • Career Development Center, Thomas, Room 103. For an appointment with a career counselor call 278-2381.
  • If you have an interest in a certain major, meet with the College Advising Center for that department.

Can I change from a declared major to undeclared?

 Yes, see an academic counselor in the University Advising Center to start exploring majors.  They can also assist with signing the official Change of Major Request form that will be required to be submitted.  You still must have a declared major by your 60th unit or a registration block will be placed.

While I am undeclared how do I know that I will be on track for my degree?

It is important to meet with an academic counselor in the University Advising Center at least once per semester for advice about completing General Education requirements and to assist with declaration of a major. The faster a decision is made about declaring a major the more likely you will be on track for a degree.

Until a decision is made regarding a major, courses that fulfill General Education (GE) requirements should be taken. However, the longer the major exploration process is delayed the likelihood increases of missing opportunities to select courses that can double count for the major as well as GE.

Since I do not have a major yet, how do I know which classes to take?

It is recommended to work with an academic counselor in the University Advising Center when selecting courses.  

Students who are exploring their options and have not declared a major can take General Education courses that are broadly applicable to graduation requirements, introductory courses in majors of potential interest (some of these may fulfill General Education requirements), as well as elective courses that are designed for first-year college students (Community Service, KAC, or other appropriate courses).