Haven’t picked a major yet? No problem!
At EIU, we don’t expect all students to arrive on campus knowing exactly what they want to study, and we welcome and support students who haven’t quite gotten to the point of committing to a degree path. In fact, “undecided” is the most popular “major” for incoming freshmen.
Selecting a major is serious business … but that doesn’t mean you’ve made a mistake by not knowing yours yet. If you’re one of our new freshman or transfer students still on the hunt for the perfect major, we offer great classes and services that’ll help you find the course of study best suited to engage your interests, maximize your talents, and lead to a fulfilling career.
When you’re still mulling over that major, taking the right classes is key. You want to go ahead and take care of some of your general education courses, but you also need to take some electives in order to figure out what interests you the most.
That’s where the Academic Advising Center comes in. Their advisors are here to help you get into the right mix of classes, and they can also direct you to the faculty members and students who can help you find your niche.
In addition, the Academic Advising Center website is a great resource for all the important dates and deadlines associated with getting registered for classes.
Whether you’re undecided on a major or unsure if your current major is the right fit, Career Services at EIU can turn your uncertainty into a plan of action.
Career Services offers numerous workshops designed to help you clarify your career goals, and its Focus 2 online assessment program is a powerful tool that allows you to learn more about yourself and which majors and careers might match up with your interests and abilities. They can also set you up with externships as a way of “test driving” a career before you graduate.
If you feel more at ease talking things over in a one-on-one setting, Career Services also has career counselors on staff; they specialize in providing sound advice and guidance to students just like you.
We’re confident you’ll find Eastern is a place where an undeclared major can make an informed decision on what to study. Small class sizes in a variety of disciplines means more personal attention from our faculty members – people who’ll really be able to help you know whether or not their particular discipline is the right one for you.