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.
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.
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