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Step 4: Declaring your Major
Check the Admission to Major procedure with the department(s)
You will need to declare a major by the time you have earned 100 credits (including transfer credits)
Majors that require less than 60 credits require a minor or a second major.
Admission to Major application forms are available in department offices
Complete the form and submit to department office who administers the major
A major or pre-major advisor will be assigned to you once you are officially admitted to the program
Use the Online Electronic Catalog’s program for the academic year in which you are accepted into your major
Any exceptions to major requirements must be approved in writing by your major department.
If you do not enroll for two or more consecutive quarters at Central (excluding summer), you will be required to reactivate your major status.
Do undergraduate research.
Many departments have the opportunity for students to undertake research. Faculty research projects can rely on undergraduate research assistants to get the work done. Take advantage of one of the great resources CWU has to offer, and try your hand at research. For many students, doing the actual research of a discipline can be just the spark needed to light a passion. Students who participate can submit their research project to SOURCE and if accepted, present their projects in the spring.
Peruse some academic journals in your areas of interest.
Go to Brooks Library and talk with a librarian about the top journals in the discipline (or talk to faculty or department advisors). They'll be able to direct you to the current research in the area. Don't be scared off; if you're new to the subject, you probably won't understand a lot of what you read. But you might find some nuggets of interest to latch onto. Just the titles of the articles might be enough to attract your interest.
Go to an academic conference.
All academic disciplines have conferences at least once a year. They cost money, and usually aren't local, but if you have the opportunity to attend one, you should. If nothing else, it's a very interesting academic/cultural phenomenon. You'll see cutting edge research in the area; you'll see lots of other students (many of them graduate students), and hopefully you'll see something of the inside of that discipline. Talk to department advisors to find out more about conferences.
Taking advantage of these opportunities and experiencing the process of choosing a major will help you develop confidence, nurture a pro-active, positive attitude and allow you to become more comfortable with the uncertainty of the future. You can work with a career counselor to develop a flexible attitude toward your career path. Career adaptability is necessary in the 21st century.