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Advising Undecided Students

One of the most common dilemmas students face in a liberal arts setting is choosing a major.  The largest “major” in Arts and Sciences is undecided (or To Be Determined (TBD)).  As the advisor, you have a key role in helping students in the decision making process, and in informing students of the support services available to them.  In exploring majors, check a student’s transcript to see areas of strength and to see which majors seem feasible.  For example, a student who has taken an intro science course several times in order to pass may not be a good candidate for majoring in science.  Ask the student questions about what courses or topics they find most interesting.  What academic topics do they discuss with their friends?  What type of assignments do they find most appealing?  In many cases, you may be able to see a pattern in a student’s responses which can help you direct them towards a major.  In other cases, a student may seem completely unsure about what they find interesting and what career might be suited for them.  Career Services provides a variety of services to help students determine what interests them, what their personality type is, and what careers may be a good match.  Encourage students to schedule an appointment with a career counselor early in the semester in order to gain a better understanding of themselves as well as the academic and career planning process. Appointments can be made by calling ext. 4287.  A variety of resources are also available on the Career Services website.  Click on the link for first and second year students for a variety of resources and links for helping students transition into college and in selecting a major.  The website is

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