First-Year Undeclared Students
A few things to keep in mind as you begin your first semester at UMD:
It is okay to be undecided about your major. Research suggests that being undecided is often an optimal way to begin your college career.
- Liberal Education Program and satisfy preparation deficiencies (if this applies to you).
- Register for Liberal Education courses that match your interests and abilities.
- Review the UMD Catalog to become familiar with majors and minors offered at UMD.
- Read the course descriptions in the UMD Catalog & relate courses that interest you to potential majors.
- Enroll in a sampling of the required lower division courses for the majors and minors that interest you. These courses often also fulfill portions of the Liberal Education Program.
- Create a list of courses that you are interested in enrolling during your first year of college.
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss how your interests relate to majors & the world of work.
- Research a variety of careers.
- Maintain a strong grade point average so that more options will be available to you. GPA Calculator
- Continue to make progress within the Liberal Education Program
- Begin major and minor requirements
- Prior to reaching 45 completed credits: DECLARE MAJOR
Selection of a major should not be haphazard. A process of personal exploration and career investigation will lead you to a satisfying choice.
UMD offers many resources to assist students through the major decision process & in career exploration.
As an undeclared student, you will select your first and second semester courses primarily from UMD's Liberal Education Program. This will provide you with a great opportunity to explore a variety of fields as you complete part of your core degree requirements.
Typical Program of Study
The UMD Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 120 degree credits consisting of a major, a minor or double major, an upper-division composition course, and the liberal education program. Students successfully completing 15 credits a semester during four years at UMD and following the requirements for the B.A. degree should graduate in four years.