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Academic Advising

Undeclared Student Advising

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Being undeclared is an opportunity for you to explore majors that align with your interests, strengths and goals. The Academic Advising Center is here to help guide you through that process.

Academic and Program Advisors for Undeclared Students

As an undeclared student, you can get advising from two types of advisor: your academic advisor and program advisors.

Academic Advisor

You will be assigned an academic advisor who will help you: 

  • Explore academic programs.
  • Plan your general education classes.
  • Understand graduation requirements.

There are two ways to find out who your academic advisor is:

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Program Advisors

Program advisors help you learn about specific programs at Chapman. They can help you:

  • Learn about majors and minors.
  • Understand major and minor prerequisites and requirements.
  • Program and class content (syllabi).
  • Declare a major or minor.
  • Connect with faculty members and other major/minor resources.

You can find our program advisors on our Program Advisors page. Feel free to reach out to them with any questions about majors or minors.

Other Resources for Undeclared Students

These additional resources will help you explore different academic programs and find the one that’s right for you.

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Majors in Minutes

Majors in Minutes is a speed-dating-style roundtable event where you can learn about a lot of majors quickly. You will get to hear directly from students in specific majors you’re interested in and connect with other undeclared students. (And 98% of attendees report it will likely help them choose a major.)

Learn more about Majors in Minutes

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Career and Professional Development Advising

Not sure where to begin when it comes to choosing a major? Why not start with your career goals and work backwards? The Chapman Career and Professional Development office is available to help you explore any career path you may be interested in.

Check out all our career services in this blog post

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Program Finder

Use our program finder to see all the majors and minors we offer and find the one(s) for you. You can also add a minor before declaring a major.

Find majors and minors

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Exploratory Course List

Did you know that some general education classes at Chapman also fulfill major requirements? If you’re undeclared but have an idea of what you want to major in, check out this exploratory course list to learn which classes will give you major credit and general education credit at the same time.

View exploratory course list

The Undeclared Advising Experience

Watch these short videos for a quick overview of the undeclared experience at Chapman and learn where you can go if you need help.

Declaring Your Major

Ready to declare a major? Great. The process for joining a major differs from program to program. To find out how to declare your specific major:

  1. Go to our Change or Add Majors or Minors page.
  2. Find the program you want.
  3. Follow the instructions for that program.

...at Chapman, you have to declare a major before you earn 60 credits. Since most Chapman students take about 30 credits per year, this means that you have until the end of your second year to declare a major.

Quick List of Majors and Minors

Use this helpful major/minor handout to see a full list of all majors and minors available on the current catalog year.

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