Declaring a Major
When to Declare
In order to graduate from UND, you must choose and declare a major. Most majors can be declared at any time; however, some departments have restrictions on this process. Visit with your academic advisor to determine the appropriate timeframe for declaring a major.
If you need help deciding on a major, Focus-2 is a great resource that connects majors with possible careers.
How to Declare
In order to declare your major, you need to call the main office for the college or school that houses the major(s) you intend to pursue. Declaring a major means you have noted with the University a specific major you intend to pursue. This doesn't mean you've been admitted into the major. Being officially admitted to a particular major or program means a you must meet certain program requirements before being granted admission. Requirements for admission will vary based on the program.Academic department contact info
When you change your major, new academic advisors are assigned. Undecided students are assigned a professional advisor from the Student Success Center, while students in most other declared majors are assigned a faculty or professional advisor from within their program.
You can view your assigned advisor in Campus Connection.
- Log in to Campus Connection>Visit Student Center.
- On the right hand side of the screen a light blue box will list the assigned advisor and his/her phone number.
- If no advisor is listed, or there is a discrepancy between what is listed on Campus Connection and your intended major, contact the college that houses your major.
If you're an undecided student, or are a decided major, but wish to change to undecided, contact the Student Success Center, Memorial Union room 201, 701.777.2117.
In order to progress toward the timely and successful completion of an undergraduate degree, it is in the best interest of students at the University of North Dakota to declare a major early in their academic career. During the semester in which a General Studies: Undeclared student will reach 45 undergraduate credit hours (typically the third semester), a Major Declaration notice will be added to the student's To Do list in Campus Connection. In addition, the Student Success Center will use multiple means of communication and connect a student to resources to assist in exploring program of study options. This notification will prompt a student to take the necessary steps to move from General Studies: Undeclared, and begin working with an advisor in the program of study the student plans to pursue.
Upon reaching 60 credit hours in a General Studies: Undeclared status, a negative service indicator hold will be placed on a student's account prohibiting registration for the following semester until a program of study other than General Studies: Undeclared is chosen. The Student Success Center will further assist the student through additional communication and contact to prompt major declaration. Once a major is declared, the negative service indicator hold will be removed by the Student Success Center, allowing the student to register for courses based on the intended program of study. A student who has reached 60 or more credit hours would be allowed to retain or move to General Studies: Undeclared status only with permission from the Student Success Center.