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Choose Your Major

What is a major and when should I declare it?

Students are required to complete at least one major to graduate from the University. You can read about the various majors in the Catalog. You should declare a major when you are ready. However, it is a good idea to declare it by the beginning of the Sophomore year in order to avoid adding extra time and expense to your college education.

Keep in mind that many majors require the completion of core requirements. For example, science students, though undeclared, must take math courses and usually general chemistry and biology in the freshman year. Postponing foundation classes can extend the time it takes to earn a degree in some majors. If you need assistance choosing a major, meet with an Academic Counselor in the Academic Success Center in Lee Hall, room 115 or (337) 482-6818 or asc@louisiana.edu.

How do I choose a major?

Many students are undecided about their majors when they enter college - and many who are decided change their minds more than once before they graduate (an average of three times). Although advisers, parents, and friends will keep asking you what you're majoring in, you shouldn't feel pressured to make a decision. There is a lot to choose from at a university this size, and there are many factors you need to think about as you consider potential majors.  If you need assistance choosing a major, meet with an Academic Counselor in the Academic Success Center in Lee Hall, room 115 or (337) 482-6818 or asc@louisiana.edu.