Help for Declaring a Major
Finding the right major is a journey of exploration whether you are undecided or declared. However, this endeavor might not be as mysterious as you think. You have already developed ideas for what you like, love, and dislike. You may have family, teachers, coaches, or pastors who have pointed out your strengths. If you have not asked others, then do so now as there is “wisdom and safety in a multitude of counsel” (Proverbs 11:14).
- Please be sure to review all the headings below, the information below will be beneficial to understanding how to navigate course registration and explain how your course registration correlates to your financial aid.
The Benefits to Declaring a Major
- You are not locked in or committed to the major you declare. You can change your major at any time as long as you do not have Financial Aid restrictions on your account.
- You can still explore classes in other majors after you declare. You might find a minor or a major that is a better fit!
- Most majors start freshman year. Years ago a student could get a way with all General Education classes for the first two years and then choose a major–this is not always the case in today’s education system.
- College is expensive! Removing the label of being “undecided” will reduce the likelihood of prolonged indecisiveness which can carry on throughout graduation or result in dropping out. Making a decision also applies positive pressure and forces a heavier reflection on what you want to get out of your degree.
- Pray and seek God’s wisdom and direction. “If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
- Start by narrowing down your choices. Here is a list of LU’s Degree Completion Plans (DCP’s).
- There are many General Education classes you can take to explore different degrees.
- Take a look at our Major Guides to find a wealth of information.
- Have you ever taken a career assessment? The results of the Career Explorer might surprise you or confirm what you already know about yourself!
- Make sure you have completed all steps in the Tools for choosing a major section above to keep yourself proactive in this process.
- Take some exploring classes instead of only General Education courses. Exploring classes are the introductory level courses in a major found in the Degree Completion Plans.
- You might find the same course listed in a couple different majors. Keep your eye open for similarities between majors.
- You are not wasting credits by “exploring” classes that might not be on a degree plan you end up with. Here is the bottom line: The quicker you get to what you love or dislike, the quicker you can choose a major with confidence.
- If you take a class and come to the conclusion the major is not the right fit, that is a victory that you discover it before you get too far in.
- The goal is to get you to respond to a major with excitement and possibility or dislike rather than indifference. You will not know for sure until you try it!
- For guidance in creating an exploring schedule, contact our team and we will come along side you in creating a plan together.
- Keep in mind that you will declare a major when you obtain 30 Liberty University credits or more
Due to financial aid policies, a student will no longer be able to take more than 30 Liberty University credits without declaring a major. In order to progress toward the timely and successful completion of an undergraduate degree, it is in the best interest of students to declare a major early in their academic career.
Undergraduate students must declare a major no later than the semester in which they are enrolled in their 30th institutional credit (30 credit hours taken through Liberty University). At that time, at least 12 credits must be taken from a specific Degree Completion Plan which includes courses in a major or minor.
For more information on this policy, review the Declaration of Undergraduate Major section on the Academic Policies & Information page.