CHOOSING A MAJOR

Summer is a good time for incoming freshmen and rising sophomores to take steps toward identifying a major in which they will be academically successful and personally satisfied.

⇒ Complete the online workshop, Choosing and Declaring a Major, at http://www.udel.edu/AEC-workshop/major/index.html.

⇒ Go to the UD catalog at http://academiccatalog.udel.edu and review the requirements for at least three majors that interest you.  Consider whether the majority of the coursework is more likely to interest or bore you. Are the types of classes required mostly consistent with your strongest skill set?

Student-to-Student Advice

I thought I had to decide what I wanted to do right away or I’d never graduate on time. But meeting with my advisor helped me understand how I could be undeclared and take classes in a lot of different subjects until I figured out what I want to do, and I can still finish my degree when I’m supposed to if I plan it right. – UST Sophomore

I started out at UD as a biology major and really thought I wanted to be a doctor. But after the first semester, I realized it just wasn’t my passion and I’m too young to make that kind of commitment. I went to see an undeclared advisor and asked her what other options I have. She was very helpful and now I feel a lot less stressed.  – Sophomore Health Behavior Science major with Disability Studies concentration

I don’t think most people know what they want to do. Even people I know who came here with a major are always saying,, “Oh, should I study this? Am I going to get a job if I major in this?”  I’ll never be 20 years old and in college again. I want to learn about everything while I can. I can dedicate myself to a career later. – Junior History/Philosophy double major with Sociology and Theater minors

 

Meet the UST Advisors

Margie Kiter Edwards is a first-generation college student who completed her B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Rutger’s University. She held a variety of jobs during college, including working as a substitute elementary school teacher and a community education coordinator for the American Cancer Society. She completed the M.A. in Sociology at UD and was awarded a research assistantship  at the Disaster Research Center, where she had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States studying how communities prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters.

Margie worked for in the non-profit and state government sectors as a program evaluator and social services administrator before returning to UD to complete a Ph.D. in Family Studies.  She has been a member of the faculty at Shepherd University and Temple University, and now serves UD as an academic advisor and instructor. A lifelong learner, Margie has continued to take graduate classes that enhance her knowledge of human development and family systems, and she will complete the requirements for the graduate certificate in Health Coaching over the next year. The core theme running throughout her career has been a commitment to serving vulnerable populations by sharing information and other resources that may enhance people’s lives.

Meet the UST Advisors

Moira Curtis started college as an undeclared student and changed her mind about four times before deciding to major in Human Relations. During the summer before she graduated from Trinity Washington University in D.C., Moira worked as an Orientation Leader. This was a pivotal experience because she loved working with incoming students and realized that she wanted a career in higher education.

Moira entered the Master’s program at Montclair State University, where she concentrated in Higher Education and Student Affairs and got direct experience working in academic advising. In January 2017, she joined the University Studies Program as a full-time advisor. This fall, she will also teach a First Year Seminar course.