Peyton Carper ’16 arrived at LVC as a women’s basketball recruit, undecided on a major, and looking forward to studying a wide variety of subjects to discover her passion.
About Coming to College Undecided
It's ok to be unsure!
Many first-year students (roughly 12 percent of our first-year students) hold an open major, meaning they haven't yet decided what they want to pursue. You'll have time to explore your interests or test the waters in new academic areas. Your advisors will work closely with you to build a course of study and answer whatever questions you might have.
We even offer a first-year seminar called Got Major? that introduces you to many of the academic majors available at LVC through applied learning and other career-oriented experiences. You can explore majors in discussions with faculty and consider career paths through self-assessment tools, readings, and informational interviews. There are opportunities to evaluate your interests and explore possibilities that match by making connections with career professionals.
Internships and off-campus study (nationally or internationally) are life-changing opportunities that can further clarify your goals and open up new possibilities.
- Some students know what they are interested in but want to test the waters before declaring a major. Others know they will encounter new subjects and ideas in college and want to explore various disciplines before deciding on a focus. The close, personal relationships you develop with the LVC faculty will help you choose the career path that is best for you.
- Regardless of your reasons for being undecided, your advisor will work closely with you to build a course of study and answer whatever questions you might have. Your professors will be a resource as you explore.
- All first-semester students participate in a first-year experience (FYE), a four-credit 16-student class based around a theme and co-curricular component focused on the transition to college. Recent themes include Sustainability, Sports and Society, and Got Major?, the latter which can help you find the ideal career path.
- LVC offers extensive student support services, including the Breen Center for Graduate Success, which will help you build your career path starting in your first year.
- An experiential learning opportunity, whether an internship, student-faculty research project, or study abroad experience could provide important perspective as you choose a major.
- Not all credits required for graduation are devoted to a specific major; many are elective courses, which allow students tremendous freedom to explore various disciplines.