You’re in good company — many students enter college uncertain of their major. Fortunately,
Alverno’s liberal arts education and abilities-based curriculum give you the flexibility to explore and a rock-solid foundation for whichever path
you choose. We offer plenty of help along the way.
Academic Advising office
Your support team starts here, where every Alverno student is assigned a professional academic advisor from day one. Your advisor can help you choose courses, create a personalized graduation
plan, and connect you with tools and resources to ensure your success.
Your first few semesters will focus on Alverno’s general education requirements, and
we’ve even designed a suggested first-year curriculum for undecided students. This gives you time to try out different disciplines while still earning credits
that count toward your degree.
During your first or second year, this seminar will help you research career options
and get acquainted with Alverno’s career development program.
The on-campus experts in Alverno’s Career Studio offer career coaching, internship planning, job search assistance and much more. They
can help you identify your interests and talents, and they’ll work with you to find
relevant career paths. Visit them early and often.
When do I have to declare a major?
Most students declare a major and minor by their second year, and it usually doesn’t
delay your academic progress if you remain undecided during your first year. If you
select certain professional programs, such as nursing or education, your program could
take a little longer because of the sequencing of course requirements.
Some students change their major later, and that’s OK, too. College is all about exploring
the possibilities. If you switch majors, the courses you took as part of your original
major may be counted toward a minor. Your advisor will guide you and help you stay
on track to graduation.
From undecided to a new passion: Hiba’s story
Leaning toward nursing
Hiba began her freshman year at Alverno as an undecided student who was leaning toward
nursing — the major her parents encouraged her to pursue. But after watching nursing
students practice drawing blood, she changed her mind. “I’ve always been terrified of
blood,” she admits. “And I don’t see myself working in a space with a lot of people.
I’m better one on one.”
“I switched to biology because I’m really good at science,” she says. But she wasn’t
excited about a career in research and preferred to work with children. “I love biology
and it’s very interesting to me; however, it’s not something I can see myself doing
in the long run,” she said. “Since I also want to work with kids, it doesn’t help
me reach my goal.”
An unexpected interest
Her academic advisor encouraged her to try a psychology course, part of Alverno’s
general education sequence. To Hiba’s surprise, she enjoyed it so much she was soon
envisioning a career as a child psychologist. “I fell in love with psychology. It
was eye-opening for me,” she said. Her advice for fellow undecided students? “It’s
OK that you don’t know. It’s better to find something that you’re interested in instead
of just throwing yourself into a category where you don’t belong,” she says. “And
thanks to the skills I’ve gained at Alverno, I know I can be successful whatever I
end up doing.”