frequently asked questions

Question: What classes should I take while I am Undeclared?

Answer: The short answer is take classes that interest you and will assist your major exploration. It is important you focus on taking mostly General Education (GE) courses in your interest(s) so you will be making progress towards your degree. You can review the Undeclared Major Academic Plan (MAP) and Introductory Courses for Majors to help you plan your courses. 


Question: When do I have to declare a major?

Answer: Humboldt requires students to declare a major once you have earned 45 units. If you have not declared by completion of 45 earned units, a "Must Declare" hold will show up on your student center and you must declare a major before you can register for the following semester. (see Declaring A Major for more)


Question: When is a good time to declare a major?

Answer: When you feel confident the major aligns to your interests, values, and goals is the best identifier. (see Tips to Declare a Major With Confidence for more)


Question: How can I get help deciding the best major for me?

Answer: The best service you can receive is through one-on-one meetings with me so we can create an individualized plan. You can also ask about utilizing personal assessments to help guide you to major and career options. (see Exploration Tips & Resources for more)


Question: Can I take major classes before I declare a major?

Answer: Yes. Some courses may be held for major students first, or have specific pre-requisites, but the majority are open to all students. Additionally, many majors at Humboldt require elective or minor units to graduate so even if you take non-GE courses to explore a major it can often still work towards your degree and graduating on time. (see Introductory Courses for Majors for class options)


Question: Does my major choice determine my career?

Answer: Not completely. Some career fields do need specific training and experience through course work, however many careers can be pursued from a variety of majors. If you have some careers in mind (specific or general) you can meet with an academic or career advisor to learn more about the possible paths to them.


Question: Can I change my mind after I declare a major?

Answer: Yes, and the goal is to have you find the best fit with your first major and avoid having to change your major a second time. However, if things change you can complete a “major change form” to change your major. If you are a senior (90+ units earned) wishing to change your major the process is more difficult (see Senior Major Change Form).


Question: Who will be my advisor after I declare my major?

Answer: Most likely a faculty member in your major. Some majors have professional advisors for the first two years so if you declare within that time you could have another professional advisor before moving to a faculty advisor.


Question: Does my major determine what graduate programs I can get into?

Answer: Not always. Similar to some career fields, some graduate programs will have specific major requirements, but many are open to a variety of majors. Make sure to check the requirements of the specific program you are interested in to see what majors, and/or courses they require for admission.