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Undeclared (Exploring My Options)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

It can be a tricky question.

Unsure of your major? You aren’t alone. In fact, “undeclared” is one of the most popular majors for Clarke University freshmen.

Thankfully, there is no need to stress. College is your chance to discover what’s right for you.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin your search:

  • Clarke’s general education curriculum offers courses across many fields of study. You will have the opportunity to explore your academic options and not commit to a specific major.
  • There is a difference between a major and a career. Many jobs don’t require a specific major. Instead, employers look for college graduates who are good communicators, critical thinkers and have global awareness. Clarke’s general education curriculum offers that. We’ve had art majors go on to medical school. That’s the Clarke difference.
  • Every Clarke student is not officially accepted into an academic major until their sophomore or junior year. When you’re ready to officially join a program, you will graduate at the same time as those who declared majors earlier.
  • You won’t be pushed through a cookie-cutter curriculum here. Instead, you will work with a full-time faculty adviser for undeclared students who can schedule courses right for you. Our advisers have helped hundreds of students find their way.
  • Finding a career path doesn’t always happen in the classroom. At Clarke, you can benefit from opportunities outside the classroom. Curious about accounting? Be the treasurer of a student organization. Considering a teaching career?  Become a tutor at Clarke or plan community service in an elementary school. We help connect your student involvement to your future goals.

Calling All Parents

Rest assured, we are here to help your student earn a degree – accumulating a random set of credits does little good.  Clarke University’s small class sizes, personal attention and ability for faculty and staff to know your son or daughter are important for an undeclared student. The Clarke environment is structured around a learning model that truly drives student success.

As parents, we know that seeing your student find a rewarding, successful career is your goal. We want you to know that it’s our goal, too.

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