Saint Joseph’s approach to education is designed to let you explore and discover your unique path. If you’re unsure about what you want to study, you have the option to enroll as an undeclared major.
What Does It Mean to be an Undecided Major?
Saint Joseph’s University’s undergraduate curriculum includes a comprehensive General Education Program (GEP) which is designed to keep you on track for graduation while exploring entry-level courses in a number of disciplines. Through investigation, reflection, practice and discussion, you’ll discover broad topics and disciplines ranging from business to the sciences and the arts.
What Are My Options If I Chose to be Undecided?
Approximately 20 percent of Saint Joseph’s University students enter as freshmen without declaring a major. If you choose to enter freshman year undecided, you have the option of choosing to enroll as one of the following majors:
- Undecided Business
- Undecided Humanities
- Undecided Natural Sciences
- Undecided Social Sciences
Saint Joseph’s offers many ways to help you figure out what you want to study, from our program finder to the expertise of our advisors and career counselors. Our undergraduate degrees are set up to help you figure out what interests you and what you would like to do after college, including our General Education Program (GEP) and service-learning courses. You don’t have to choose just one major — you can explore your interests and passions by double majoring or adding one or two minors, in addition! Over 65% of the class of 2020 double majored or had minors.
How Will Being Undecided Help Me Declare a Major?
As an undecided major, you can learn a great deal about potential areas of study by choosing a first-year seminar in the department of your interest. This also satisfies a graduation requirement at the same time. These classes are in areas you may never have imagined, including comedy, social justice, culture, consumer health, phage safari, finance, and many more. First-year seminar courses expose you to a breadth of information within a variety of academic programs. Many students credit these classes as setting them along the path to major selection.
When Do I Have to Declare My Major?
Saint Joseph’s University offers you the necessary support to select a major by the first semester of your sophomore year. Choosing a major is a very personal decision, and it’s Saint Joseph’s University's mission to instill a love of learning and foster intellectual and professional achievement in each and every one of our students.