|Choose Your Major|
Students are required to complete at least one major to graduate from the UO. You can read about the various majors in the list of majors and minors. You should declare a major when you are ready. However, it is a good idea to declare it by the end of winter term during sophomore year in order to avoid adding extra time and expense to your college education.
Keep in mind that many majors require the completion of core requirements. For example, science students, though undeclared, must take mathematics and, usually, general chemistry in the freshman year. Postponing foundation classes can extend the time it takes to earn a degree in some majors.
Many students are undecided about their majors when they enter college - and many who are decided change their minds more than once before they graduate (an average of three times). Although advisers, parents, and friends will keep asking you what you're majoring in, you shouldn't feel pressured to make a decision. There is a lot to choose from at a university this size, and there are many factors you need to think about as you consider potential majors.
Asking yourself the following questions will give you some important clues:
Until you have decided on a major, taking a variety of courses that sound interesting and/or satisfy general education requirements can help you explore different majors and make progress toward graduation. In addition, don’t forget to check out our free workshop, Choosing a Major offered every term. If you need any further assistance choosing a major, make an appointment with an advisor (346-3211) or a career counselor (346-3235).
First, go to the department office for the major or minor that interests you. The Office of Academic Advising (364 Oregon Hall) is your new ‘department’ if you are changing to ‘undeclared’ from some other major.
At the department , let them know you would like to declare or switch into the major. Before you do this, it is a good idea to meet with an advisor in that department, even if it is not required by the department. Some departments are quite selective about who they accept into their programs, so you might need to familiarize yourself with an application process, deadlines, etc…Complete any paperwork the department requires and follow their procedures.
If you already have declared a major and you are declaring a ‘second major,’ make sure you clearly state this intention to the new department.
If you would like to drop your old major, please inform the department you are leaving.
If you change your major or minor before the 10 th day of the term, your transcript (and the fees you pay for the term) will be updated for the current term and reflect your new choice. If it is after the 10 th day of the term, your Degree Audit (DAR) will be updated, but your transcript, General Info in DuckWeb, Blackboard, etc. will not reflect your choice until the conclusion of the term.
Professional advisers provide advising by appointment in the OAA. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (541) 346-3211. You are encouraged to check in regularly to evaluate educational achievements and set goals for the future. In addition, if students have a professional objective in health care, law, social work, education, or business, OAA advisers can assist you with curriculum planning.
In addition to the resources of the OAA, undeclared students are assigned an adviser from the College of Arts and Sciences. You can locate this person on DUCKWEB; select the ‘View General Student Information’ option.
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