Alumni Profiles



Open (Undecided) Major

If you don't yet know what you are going to major in, you're not alone. In fact, an average of 12 percent of LVC's first-year students hold an "open" major, meaning they haven't yet decided what they want to pursue.

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. Still others have a sense of what career they want to pursue in the long run but are not exactly sure what major is the best match for their specific goals.

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.

An experiential learning opportunity could also provide important perspective as you choose a major. An internship might help you decide whether a career in business (and a major in economics) is right for you. Summer research might help you determine whether to choose biology and becoming a physician. A semester in Paris might let you know whether your love of art history could turn into a teaching career. Be open to the possibilities.

  • LVC students do not have to know what they want to major in when they arrive for their first year.
  • In an average year, approximately 12 percent of the first-year class consider themselves "open" or undecided majors.
  • Not all credits required for graduation are devoted to the major; many are elective courses, which allow students tremendous freedom to explore various disciplines.
  • Open majors can transfer to one of more than 30 majors offered at LVC or can craft an individualized major to pursue specific career interests.