What Major Should I Choose?

Not sure what to major in? No problem! The goal of the Academic Exploration program is to spark your interests and help you discover your passions.

Undecided Major or Undeclared Major? Begin Here!

Every journey, even one with an unknown destination, starts with a single step — and this path is no different. All first-year students at Russell Sage College will take RSC 101 in their first semester.

This is a great way to get anchored at Sage; to meet some fellow students, faculty and resources; and to start to explore potential pathways. Within this course, there will even be some assignments to help you think through what type of career you might want to have and what educational pathways could lead you there.

Here is what your first semester might look like with an undeclared major:

  • RSC 101 Thriving at Sage: 3 credits
  • WRT 101 Writing in Community: 3 credits
  • Course in potential Major or General Education: 3 credits
  • Course in potential Major or General Education: 3 credits
  • Course in potential Major or General Education: 3 credits

Examples of General Education courses:

  • ENG 231 Creative Writing
  • ECO 201 Macroeconomics
  • MAT course
  • PBH 201 Health & Society
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SCI 120 Nutrition Science
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology.

Flexible Options

So, you see, you won’t fall behind if you begin college with an undecided major! We will help you pick smart options that keep your pathway flexible.

Your Faculty Advisors

Your faculty advisor will help guide you every step of the way.

William Fillmore Prof. Billy Fillmore
Art + Design students
Faculty Profile
Associate Professor of Public Health Dayna Maniccia Dr. Dayna Maniccia
Students interested in health-related fields
Faculty Profile
Dr. Emilly Obuya
Students who want to explore other options
Faculty Profile

When do I Have to Choose a Major?

Once you have completed 45 credits of college-level coursework, you should declare your major. Students who have been exploring typically declare their major either at the end of their first year, or at some point early in the third semester, prior to registering for their fourth-semester courses.

Career Planning Office

Use the Office of Career Planning’s resources to learn more about different career paths. Check out CandidCareer for advice and explore thousands of occupations.

“It’s a program for students with an undecided major or an undeclared major … individualized to what the student needs at that time.”

Karen Schell
Director of Academic Advising
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Your Future

Students who enter college with an undecided major or an undeclared major go on to earn degrees in fields they’ve taken an interest in, from Health Sciences to Theatre and more.

Next steps?

It’s time to take the next step. Choose yours below.

Have Questions?

Senior Director of Academic Advising