Major Exploration

Choosing a Major

Whether you are undeclared or are in a major and would like to explore your options The Center for Advising & Student Transitions can help you out. The University requires all students to be in a major by the time 60 credit hours are earned. We encourage all students to discuss their major plans with an academic advisor by the time 45 credit hours are earned. 

Major Exploration or selecting a major is not an easy decision to make.  To help you with this process CAST has compiled a number of resources to help you learn about yourself and what the University has to offer.  We are here to help you make an informed decision that will lead to a great experience, timely graduation and will be in line with your interest and abilities. 

Exploring Majors Workshops:
Throughout the academic year CAST will offer  weekly sessions on Exploring Majors to help you successfully find and declare a major. We encourage all students to attend a workshop prior to meeting with their advisor. 

Meetings with a Peer Advisor:
The CAST Peer Advisors (PAs) are also here to help you in your major decision process. Students can meet with one of our Peer Advisors to work on different activities that can help them learn more about themselves and the majors that MSU has to offer. Interested in meeting with a Peer Advisor? Contact the CAST office.


 "Who Am I?"

I am Completely Undecided:

The first step in selecting a major is really learning about you.  By gaining a better understanding of your interests, values, skills and abilities and you can figure out what majors are in line with your likes and passions.

You may find it helpful to complete these worksheets and review them with your advisor.

  • Undeclared Student Profile
    Answer some questions to help your advisor connect you with resources to help in your major exploration process.

  • Focus2
    Concerned about potential careers to pursue? Take the FOCUS2. A free service offered by the Career Center, the FOCUS2 can help you connect your skills and interests with potential careers and majors offered at Montclair State.

    Take the FOCUS2

  • Understanding My Options
    Think about what you like to do, what skills you have or would like to gain and see what your work personality is. Meet with your advisor to talk about potential majors that you may connect with.

  • Goals Worksheet
    Complete this worksheet to help you decide what resources you will use in your major confirmation & exploration process. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor to help you stay on track.

I have a few options in mind but would like to confirm my choices:

If you have a list of majors you would consider declaring, it’s important to take some time and really investigate what it would be like to be a potential major. Think about the classes you are required to take, skills you need to be successful and potential careers to pursue.

  • Examine MajorsUse the course catalog and take a look at the courses required for a major of interest. Rank the courses to help you decide if this is something you are ready to study for the next 3-4 years. Meet with your advisor to discuss your choices.

  • Informational Interview
    What better way to find out about a major then speaking with someone from that major? Speak with a faculty member or student in the program to learn more about coursework and what students in the major do after they graduate. 

  • Learn about Career Fields
    Using O*NET research a career field you might pursue.  What do you like about it? What skills will make you successful in this field? Do you have them? How can you enhance or develop the skills required for your career field of interest? Meet with your advisor to discuss.

  • Goals Worksheet
    Complete this worksheet to help you decide what resources you will use in your major confirmation & exploration process. Discuss your plans with your academic advisor to help you stay on track.  

I know what I want to do.  How do I declare?

To declare your major, most program require the completion of the Change of Major/Minor Form. Other programs are restricted and have GPA and/or coursework requirements.  Please review the Restricted Majors Brochure to see if the program you are interested is restricted. Please meet with an advisor to review your progress into a restricted major.

  • Change of Major Form
    This form requires Department Chair signature of the major you would like to add. Only used for non-restricted majors.

  • Restricted Majors 2016
    Review requirements for restricted programs. All students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to review requirements to get into a major.

    We encourage even the most decided student to learn more about his/her choice of major. What potential careers can I pursue? Is there any research or learning opportunities associated with your major?

  • Informational Interview
    What better way to find out about a major then speaking with someone from that major? Speak with a faculty member or student in the program to learn more about coursework and what students in the major do after they graduate.    

  • Learn about Career Fields
    Using O*NET research a career field you might pursue.  What do you like about it? What skills will make you successful in this field? Do you have them? How can you enhance or develop the skills required for your career field of interest? Meet with your advisor to discuss.