One of your most important decisions is selecting a major and/or minor(s). Like many freshmen, you may be entering Ball State undecided about your major or may change it during your freshman year. Ball State provides a number of resources and programs to help you select a major. A delay in focusing on a major may add semesters to the completion of a degree.

Ball State offers about 180 majors, including several preprofessional programs, and more than 130 minor areas of study. While some majors require a minor, most do not. Minors can complement your major or allow you to pursue other areas of interest.

Some majors at Ball State only accept a limited number of students through a highly competitive admissions process. Other majors may require high grade-point averages or a high skill level in particular subject areas like mathematics or science. Parallel plans are vital in the event that your interests and career plans change or if you are unable to gain admission to a particular major/program.

The best place to start when considering majors is your academic advisor. Advisors are knowledgeable about Ball State’s majors and the services and resources available to help you select one. Self-assessment and career exploration tools can help you get started in evaluating potential majors/careers.