Undergraduate Majors | College of Arts and Sciences | The University of Vermont(title)

Many students are already certain of their major when they come to the College of Arts and Sciences and they pursue it through to graduation.

Many more discover a new academic passion along the way, refocusing their studies in unexpected areas. Many also juggle multiple interests, whether by completing two majors or by pursuing multiple minors—including minors in any of the other undergraduate schools and colleges at UVM. Get started on that path of discovery by exploring our varied departments and programs.

Undeclared Major

Undeclared Major

Many students apply to UVM as "undeclared" majors when they are still exploring where their academic passions lie or are unwilling to choose among many areas of interest. We embrace that and have a plan to support students in their exploration. In most cases, a student will not have to select a major until the end of the first or second year at the university. Major/minor combinations, double majors, and individually designed majors are all options.

In all our undergraduate programs, the curriculum is designed to encourage exploration and to provide exposure to a variety of disciplines during the first two years of study. Particular interests are often discovered during this period.

Students in the process of choosing a major also are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent guidance and support provided by experienced counselors in UVM's Career Center. First semester of the first year is not too early to begin talking to the Career Center about academic interests, major selection, and related careers. Faculty advisors are another valuable resource to consult in this process.

Changing Majors

It is not at all uncommon for students to change majors at the end of their first or second year at the university. Selecting a different major sometimes involves changing from one undergraduate school or college within the university to another. Provided a student is in good academic standing and that space is available in the new area of study selected, requests for a major change are, in most cases, easily accommodated, even when a school or college change within the university is involved.