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UNDECLARED, the Exploring Student

Students may enter the institution as an Undeclared Major or may choose to change their major to Undeclared while exploring other program options.

Being an Undeclared, exploring student, opens the door to many opportunities and can lead to a new level of personal growth. Some students report they are committed to a certain degree program because of the strong encouragement from their families. It is important as you enter your college career, that you are choosing a path right for you. There are many things to consider such as your personal interest, values, beliefs, and overall passion. There are many academic and personal life experiences which will weigh in on your decision. Ultimately, it is your choice; your education. Your degree does not define who you are or what career path you choose.

Meghan Nelson

“When I freed myself from other people's desires for my future that is when my heart and mind were allowed to discover what I was truly passionate about.”
Meghan Nelson
Class of 2015
Business and Political Science with a concentration in Finance and International Political Economy

Pathways of Exploration:



If you are an incoming first-year freshman undergraduate day student, you may want to consider the Vision Quest Program designed for the exploring student. This is a 1.0 unit fall only seminar. The add/drop deadline is always at the end of the first two weeks of instruction, so if it's the beginning of the fall term and you want to add, contact Christina Mayes,, 415-458-3781. Click here, Undeclared Admissions Brochure.


You may also work with one of our Career Counselors in the Career and Internship Services office. When you have a specific career goal in mind, meeting with a Career Counselor can help narrow the possible degree options to pursue your pathway to a chosen career. The Career Counselors can also help you with finding an internship opportunity or offer you an assessment which can also help you in your exploration in narrowing your interests.


If you are interested to learn more about a program, you can request to meet with any of our academic advisors. You can email or call an academic advisor to arrange an appointment. There may be specific conditions to move into one of our pre-professional programs, so please also review program requirements before an appointment. It is always good to go in with a little information and come prepared with questions.

Currently Undeclared and ready to declare: DECLARE YOUR MAJOR/MINOR

If you are ready to formerly declare your major, you will need to meet with your new major and/or minor advisor to complete the Declaration of Major-Minor Form. Once this form is complete, you will need to bring this signed form to the Registrars Office. The Registrars Office will then update your Academic Plan in Self-Service. Make sure to inform your previous advisor of this major change. In addition, it is important to monitor your Academic Plan for accuracy.



Currently a student with a declared major, but want to change your major or need time to explore: 


Why not? If you are a first-year or second-year student who has not yet completed 60 units; changing your major to Undeclared can be a great option. You can even be Undeclared with declared minor(s). At Dominican we want to ensure that you are making informed decisions as well as given every opportunity to find the right program for you.

To change your major it is wise to first consult with your current academic advisor as well as the advisor for the new program; however, you can also meet with the Undeclared Advisor, Christina Mayes, for additional guidance and support. Current Undeclared Majors can also meet with Mrs. Mayes or the  advisor for the new program. You may also choose to simply change to be Undeclared while you are exploring possible programs or thoughtfully add a minor or double major.

To complete the process of a change of Major, Minor, or Concentration, you must complete the Declaration of Major-Minor Form and submit to the Office of the Registrar.


There is much information at your fingertips. Exploring information on Major and Minor Dominican Programs may also help weigh in on your decision. Comparing courses or prerequisites you have already completed to the requirements within a program may guide you into a program.

You can also explore our Online Catalog. Please remember to select the Catalog for the year you began at Dominican. The Catalog shows you all General Education as well as Major and Minor Program requirements.


Meeting with a student in a program of interest can truly help you with the answers to questions you may not find with an advisor. You can easily ask an academic advisor to refer you to a student within their program or you can contact a person within Student Life or the Academic Advising and Achievement Center.


Meeting with a graduate of Dominican can also help with this process of discovery. To be connected with a Dominican Alumnus, contact Alumni Relations.


At Dominican, many Professors are happy to meet with you outside of class and discuss topics outside of the content of a course. Requesting time to meet with a Professor outside of class to ask them about their personal journey or why they selected their career, may support in you understanding that there is never a straight path to such a decision. You may request to conduct an informational interview.


When considering courses you have already taken or researching possible courses to take, you may find that your Major or Minor Program pathway has already begun. Does one of your required GE courses seem to stand out among the rest? Is there an elective or major/minor course that seems to resonate with your interests? Asking yourself these questions, may help in leading you to a degree that is your own. 


Often students think you can only select one major or add on one minor. This is not true. You can have a double major or a major with one minor, two minors, or even three minors! Explore the possibilities with an advisor. You may learn there is room for double-dipping a major requirement with a minor requirement or double-dipping a GE requirement with a major or minor requirement. In the end, you need 124 units to complete a 4-year undergraduate day degree (in some cases this may be different, please refer to the Catalog).


Participation in student clubs/organizations/activities, community service or a service learning course can expand your areas of interest. Moving outside of your comfort zone in terms of trying out something new can also lead to a transformative learning process.


“I believe strongly that if we can find our Element, we all have the potential for much higher achievement and fulfillment. We are all born with extraordinary powers of imagination, intelligence, feeling, intuition, spirituality, and of physical and sensory awareness. For the most part, we use only a fraction of these powers, and some not at all. (p.8-9)”- Sir Ken Robinson, The Element: How finding Your Passion Changes Everything.


Considering all the different people you can connect with above, asking all for an Informational Interview is a great way to learn more about a person as well as develop a great professional skill. Our Career and Internship Services website has valuable videos online to demonstrate how to best do an Informational Interview or other professional development tips.

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