Declaring a Major
Determining a major field of study is an important choice in a student’s academic career (and a process worth celebrating!). Some students need time to explore while others come in with a strong inclination toward a particular field. Selecting a major does not necessarily lead directly to a career in that field. A liberal arts education will prepare students to become skilled professionals and life-long learners. Follow your passion. Consider majors that you will enjoy, in addition to considering career paths to which those majors will lead you. The most important goal is to enjoy your field of study and learn transferable skills, like writing, speaking, problem solving, etc.
When to Declare a Major
All Linfield students must declare a major upon completing 45 semester credits. Students who have reached this credit limit without declaring a major will be blocked from the next semester’s registration until a major is declared.
How to Declare a Major
Complete the Declaration of Academic Program form with appropriate signatures and submit to the Office of Academic Advising in Melrose 010.
When a student declares a major, his/her faculty advisor must be in the major department. It is most common for students to change advisors at the same time they are declaring a major. A student is required to have one faculty advisor; if a student has multiple majors, he/she may declare multiple faculty advisors.
How to Switch Majors
Students are welcome to switch majors at any time after their first semester as long as they find a new advisor in that field who agrees to work with them. The change is made by obtaining signatures from both the old and new advisors on the Declaration or Change of Academic Program form and returning it completed to Academic Advising. By means of processing this change, the student’s advising file will be forwarded to the new advisor.
All first-year students enter Linfield without declared majors and are considered “undecided.” First-year students may declare their major (and change their faculty advisor, if necessary) by submitting paperwork at the Office of Academic Advising.
Additionally, transfer students typically declare a major upon enrolling at Linfield and are assigned a faculty advisor in the department of their major. Transfer students who are undecided are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist them in course selection and exploring their interests.
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