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Declare Your Major

Determining a major field of study is an important choice in a student’s academic career Some students need time to explore while others come in with a strong inclination toward a particular field. Selecting a major does not necessarily lead directly to a career in that field. A liberal arts education will prepare students to become skilled professionals and life-long learners. Follow your passion. Consider majors that you will enjoy, in addition to considering career paths to which those majors will lead you. The most important goal is to enjoy your field of study and learn transferable skills, like writing, speaking, problem-solving, etc.

    All first-year students enter Linfield without declared majors and are considered “undecided.” Transfer students who are undecided are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them in course selection and exploring their interests. Below are some additional resources that can help you understand and explore

    Assess your Interests, Personality, Skills/Abilities and Values

    Start with making a list:

    • Activities that you enjoy and interests you choose to pursue
    • Classes you enjoyed - and why you enjoyed them
    • Things that are important to you – that you value and/or motivate you
    • Things that you are good at
    • Majors that you think you may enjoy
    • Majors that you know you don’t want to pursue

    Research majors of interest: Consider your lists. Based on the information that you’ve written about yourself, begin researching majors by:

    • Consulting your faculty advisor
    • Meeting with faculty advisors in departments of interest
    • Taking exploratory classes
    • Reading the catalog sections on majors/departments of interest

    Explore career opportunities in your majors of interest: As you consider careers opportunities, ask yourself questions including:

    • What are the tasks performed by this occupation?
    • Will I be happy doing this kind of work?
    • What education does this career require?
    • How much money will this career pay? Is this important?
    • What is the future of this career?
    • What are the normal work hours?

    Additional Resources for Career Exploration

    • Visit the Office of Career Development in Melrose 010
    • Initiate informational interviews with professionals in your field(s) of interest
    • Complete an internship. The Office of Career Development has information about all types of internships

    All Linfield students must declare a major upon completing 45 semester credits. Students who have reached this credit limit without declaring a major will be blocked from the next semester’s registration until a major is declared.

    Transfer students typically declare a major upon enrolling at Linfield and are assigned a faculty advisor in the department of their major.

    First year students are able to declare their major and/or switch advisors after they have registered for their second semester/term at Linfield (typically after the November registration cycle). Transfer students will typically declare their major prior to arriving at Linfield.


    Complete the Etrieve Declaration/Change of Academic Program form online.

    For current students declaring a major, the most up to date way to identify a new faculty advisoris to check the faculty listings in the catalog section for their new major.

    1. It is most common for students to change advisors at the same time they are declaring a major or minor.
    2. Students are recommended to have a faculty advisor for each major and minor they declare.
    3. Students need approval from faculty before they can add them as advisors. More information will be provided when filling out the declaration form.

    Students are welcome to switch majors at any time after their first semester as long as they find a new advisor in that field who agrees to work with them. The change is made by completing the Etrieve Declaration/Change of Academic Program form online. Once Academic Advising processes this change, the student’s advising information will be forwarded to the new advisor.