Insider's View: Undecided Major

admissionstest0194 Jennifer Pritchard, physical education teaching major, aquatics minor

"Ball State is a great choice for someone who really is unsure of their major. When I first came to Ball State, I had a couple of ideas about majors, but teaching physical education wasn't one of them. Now I can't imagine doing anything else.

"Personally, I'm glad I was undecided when I came to Ball State. My advice is to come in undecided and then start thinking about what you are enjoying in college. Take your core courses and get a sense of what's out there. The advisors here are great. They can really help you figure out what is the right major for you.
"I took ID 101, a seminar about choosing a major. In it, we took a series of assessments and met with majors from different departments. Being in ID 101 helped me to realize that I was involved in sports and that maybe I would enjoy teaching and sharing my interest in athletics with students.

"Since I declared my major, I've had the opportunity to explore it through immersive learning opportunities. I know I made the right decision, because I've been in the public schools and had those experiences. Ball State made it possible for me to go from undecided to sure of my career choice in just four years."

Ann Lee, academic advisor

"When I first came to Ball State, I was undecided. Like many students, I felt the pressure to choose a major, but I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life or how to make that decision. At the time, I thought being undecided was a weakness. Now that I am an academic advisor, I can see how being undecided as a freshman at Ball State can actually be an advantage.

"As an undecided student, you get the chance to explore a variety of options—Ball State offers about 180 majors. Being undecided allows you to take the time to examine which major and career options are a good fit for you based on your personality, interests, skills, and abilities.

"You can take assessment tests from the convenience of your computer, or you can stop by the Learning Center to use the career exploration computer programs. If you want a more personal approach, you can choose to meet one-on-one with our major/minor coordinator or a career counselor.

"Once you narrow down your choices, you can research them to determine career opportunities, job outlook, salary information, and required courses. You can also talk with current Ball State students or meet with professors from the department.

"Being undecided as a freshman is OK. It's a great opportunity for you to discover who you are and what you want to do with your life. Ball State is here to help you every step of the way."

Learn more about being an undecided major.