Choosing a Career and Major

CSUDH Undeclared Students

Choosing a major in college is one of the most important parts of your undergraduate experience as it is one of the key decisions that helps address the questions, "Why go to college?" and "What do you plan to do with your college education?" At CSUDH, students who have not selected, or “declared,” a major are Undeclared students.  Undeclared students are advised by the University Advisement Center (UAC), and Undeclared Freshmen are assigned to a Retention Specialist within the UAC to help guide and assist them in their journey. 

The ability to be Undeclared gives students the opportunity to explore all of the university’s colleges and programs before they commit to a course of study.  CSUDH recognizes that students are at different places in their academic and career decision-making process, with some feeling closer and more secure in their path than others.  CSUDH and the UAC offer a wide variety of activities and support services to the Undeclared students to assist them in meeting their educational needs and career aspirations. 

Major Myths vs. Reality

MYTH: Everyone has a major except me.

REALITY: Most students (up to 75%), even those who have declared a major, will change their at least once during their undergraduate career.

MYTH: My major determines my career.

REALITY: People, not majors, determine careers. It is possible to work in most careers with any major.  Interpersonal communication, writing, research, and critical thinking skills are what prospective employers seek out the most in applicants.

Declaring a Major

Undeclared students must declare a major before reaching 60 units (typically, this is at the end of the sophomore year) if eligible and depending upon the new major’s criteria for changing majors. Our Academic Advisors can help guide students through the process of declaring, informing them of any requirements their major of interest may have in order for them to make the change.

Once an undeclared student officially declares a major, major-related academic advising will be provided through the new major department, while all General Education and overall graduation advisement will still be through the UAC.

Change of Major/Declaring

If you are declaring a major, or even changing a major, you must fill out a Change of Undergraduate Major/Minor form (https://www.csudh.edu/records-registration/records/declarechange-of-major-or-minor) and then meet with the advisor of the major you wish to declare/are changing to in order to have them sign off and review any prerequisite or required courses needed.

Major Exploration

Figuring out a major to declare can be overwhelming!  Taking time to understand your goals and defining your values, personality, interests, strengths, and skills can help you narrow down what you really want to do and how you would like to explore your future career path. Most importantly: find what makes you happy…find your passion and go for it!

An undergraduate degree at CSUDH is made up of two areas: General Education and Major course work. You need a total of 120 units in order to graduate and all major and general education coursework must be completed. A full list of all CSUDH majors and their departments can be found here (https://www.csudh.edu/future-students/more-info/undergrad-majors-programs)

Career Exploration

CSUDH strongly encourages any Undeclared student (or a student considering a change of major) to visit the Career Center (Student Success Hub - University Library, 3rd Floor) as soon as possible in their career at CSUDH.  The Career Center is a valuable resource on campus that provides all students a wide-range of career-related services, including career searching, resume development, interview techniques and more.

Here are a number of resources available to assist you in searching for the career you never knew you wanted:

California Career Zone Interest Profiler

California Career Zone Interest Profiler Discover what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.

Holland Code Quiz

Holland Code Quiz

The Holland Codes is a system to classify jobs into job categories, interest clusters, or work personality environments

Personality Type Assessment

Personality Type Assessment

This free personality test is based on Carl Jung’s and Isabel Briggs Myers’ personality type theory.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations

O*NET

O*NET

https://www.onetonline.org/

O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more

California Career Zone

California Career Zone

https://www.cacareerzone.org/

Helps people explore, plan for and pursue careers that reflect their passion, skills, and life goals.

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center

DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center

Dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.