Exploring University Majors
Students at Northern Kentucky University are given the opportunity to explore their options before declaring a departmental major. An "Undeclared" student may not be totally undecided. The student may want to explore the curriculum by taking a variety of courses for a couple semesters, find out where their strengths and interests are, or a student may be weighing a couple of different majors before declaring one.
Does declaring a major affect how long it will take to graduate?
It depends - some majors don't start their curriculum until the student has finished a semester or two of General Studies or prerequisite courses. Ask your advisor what path would be best for you. You can see templates of how to complete each degree by looking at the "4 year plans" in the catalog.
Explore, and FOCUS!!
Don't just take a lot of courses without a plan - you can gain insight into your interests and abilities in other ways. Students should use the FOCUS 2 online career planning tool - completing different sections of this will give you a comprehensive picture of what careers and related majors might work for you. Taking the FOCUS 2 is free, easy, quick, and very useful. Bring your FOCUS 2 results with you to review with your advisor.
Deadlines to declare a major
Students seeking a bachelor’s degree should declare an academic major by the time they reach 30 earned credit hours, but not later than 40 hours.
Transfer students entering with more than 40 hours credit will be required to declare an academic major by the end of their first semester of enrollment.
Students seeking an associate’s degree should declare a major by the time they complete 20 earned credit hours.
Transfer students entering with more than 20 hours credit will be required to declare an academic major by the end of their first semester of enrollment.