Undecided Major or Undeclared Major?

Begin Here. The goal of the Academic Exploration program is to spark your interests and help you choose a major program and career field that you will be excited about!

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. RSC 101 is a great way to get anchored at Sage; to meet fellow students and faculty and learn about resources; and to start to explore potential pathways.

Here is what your first semester might look like (15-16 credits):

  • RSC 101 Thriving at Sage: 3 cr.
  • WRT 101 Writing in Community: 3 cr.
  • Course in potential major or General Education: 3 cr.
  • Course in potential major or General Education: 3 cr.
  • Course in potential major or General Education: 3 cr.

When do I Have to Choose a Major?

Students who have been exploring typically declare their major either at the end of their first year, or in their third semester, prior to registering for their fourth-semester courses.

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.

Academic Exploration Resources

• Academic Advising assistance provided by a dedicated AEX academic advisor
• Resources for Undecided Students
• Use the Office of Career Planning’s Career Resources to explore different career paths.
Undergraduate Catalog
• Contact [email protected] for more information.

Spotlights Pattern

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 Business to Criminal Justice to Health Sciences to Theatre and more.

“Students who begin in the Academic Exploration program go on to a major they like & rewarding careers. Individualized coordinated assistance in self assessment, information gathering, decision making, and graduation planning, is provided to help students choose a major program and career field that is BEST for THEM.”

Karen Schell, Senior Director of Academic Advising

Next steps?

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

Have questions about starting college with an undeclared or undecided major?

Senior Director of Academic Advising