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Undeclared Students

Welcome to the Undeclared Student site.  The information contained within will provide good suggestions to help you make an informed decision about choosing a major.  Watch the video to hear from  Stony Brook students who share their process on choosing an academic  major.






Choosing a major can be difficult

Selecting an academic major can be a difficult decision for many students.  Students may be undeclared for one or more reasons:

  • Interest in so many majors, it's difficult to choose just 1 or 2
  • Interest in a major that does not have a clear career connection
  • Fear of choosing the wrong major
  • Concern about disappointing parents
  • Pursing a competitive major but not making competitive progress
  • Have no particular interest in the courses offered through the department


Ask yourself these questions

In order to move toward major declaration, ask yourself these key questions:

  • What are my interests?
  • What are my academic strengths?
  • How will this major prepare me for my future endeavors?

There is not one set approach to answer these questions. Rather, it is a process that will require your active participation to gather information, speak with academic advisors and career specialists to help you find the “best fit” for you. 

Begin to seek information now so that your choice of a major will be based on solid facts rather than guesses. Remember, you are not alone in deciding what direction to take in your academic career. 

Focus on the following

As you progress through each section focus on the following:

  • Be honest about your interest.
  • Be realistic about academic goals.
  • Understand your values and what is important to you.
  • Consider an  academic major that offers the types of classes that you do well in. 
  • Gain a better understanding about each major in which you are interested.

Remember:  Select a major that will enhance your academic strengths through classroom instruction, internships and research experiences.    

Continue your journey...

Self Assessment

It is important that you select an academic major that will support your academic interest and, perhaps, your future endeavors. Learn More (Self Assessment)

Learn About Majors

Begin to think about choosing a major in a more organized and systemic way. View Site (Learn About Majors)

Declare a Major

Students are required to declare a major upon earning 45 credits Learn More (Declare a Major)

Campus Resources

These resources are crucial to fostering positive progress towards graduation Learn More (Campus Resources)