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Undeclared Students

CLA students who have not yet declared a major are assigned to a professional advisor within the CLA Advising and Academic Services, 310 Kirby Plaza. Through CLA Advising, undeclared students receive assistance with academic planning and major and career exploration. Students considering a change of major are also invited to meet with one of the Center's advisors.

Being undeclared about your major can mean a variety of things. For some students it means that they are considering two or more majors and simply want to explore these options before designating a specific area of study. For others, it means that they have no specific major choice in mind and need to invest more time in exploring how personal skills and interests translate into potential majors and career paths.


Assistance Exploring Majors & Careers


CLA Advising and Academic Services, 310 Kirby Plaza, offers assistance in major exploration and individual needs assessment. The Center's advisors work with undeclared students as well as declared students requiring additional assistance exploring majors, minors, and careers. The center also hosts major exploration workshops every fall and spring. Stop by Kirby Plaza 310 to schedule an appointment or contact claadv@d.umn.edu.

UMD Faculty are a tremendous resource for information on major requirements and careers within your chosen field. Faculty are experts within a specific discipline and will be able to address how your major (or potential major) relates to the world of work as well as make recommendations on graduate and professional programs.

The Major & Minor Expo is an all-campus annual event. The Expo brings together all five undergraduate colleges in one location thus allowing students to gather information on all of UMD's majors and minors at one time. All undeclared students are strongly encouraged to stop by the Expo to learn more about the majors that interest them or to simply discover the options that exist at UMD.

Career Services, 22 Solon Campus Center, offers career counseling and interest and personality assessments (including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). Career Services is home to the Career Resource Center, which includes books, magazines, and other media about majors, careers, employment outlook, and internship possibilities.
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