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. First year students are able to declare their major and/or switch advisors after their first semester. Transfer students will declare their major prior to arriving at Linfield.
How to Declare a Major
Complete the Declaration of Academic Program form online.
It is most common for students to change advisors at the same time they are declaring a major or minor. A student is required to have at least one faculty advisor. Students are recommended to have a faculty advisor for each major and minor they declare.
Students need approval from faculty before they can add them as advisors. More information will be provided when filling out the declaration form.
How to Switch Majors and/or Faculty Advisor
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 completing the Declaration or Change of Academic Program form online. Once Academic Advising processes this change, the student’s advising information 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) after their first semester by submitting a Declaration Form/Change of Advisor Form to 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.
Assess your Interests, Personality, Skills/Abilities and Values
Research majors of interest
Explore career opportunities in your majors of interest
- Linfield University course catalog
- Office of Academic Advising
- Career Development
- Counseling Center
- Program Evaluation
- Linfield's Majors and Minors
- Linfield's Faculty Advisors