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Undergraduate Admission

FAQ

Following is a list of frequently asked questions about the Discover major for undeclared students.

Why should I consider being an undeclared major?

The Discover program gives students the opportunity to explore what college has to offer before declaring a major. We help to reduce the anxiety to declare a major by working with students to identify their strengths, weaknesses and passions. We meet regularly to talk about ambitions and mapping out a plan to achieve them.

Can I still graduate in four years?

Yes. The Discover program does not preclude a student from graduating in four years. Declaring a major right away can actually add years to college. Picking the wrong major and accumulating credits in that subject, only to later realize it’s not what you want, can lead to extra semesters.

What courses should I take?

Typically, Discover students take a wide variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences, STEM, business and/or education. In that way, students can explore subjects they may wish to major in while satisfying their general-education requirements, which comprise about one-third of a student’s coursework.

What kind of support is available to Undeclareds?

The primary support for Discover students is people. You will be assigned a pre-advising specialist, an academic adviser and a career adviser to help you chart a path to choosing a major. In addition, Associate Dean Mark Allman is available to you to answer your questions.

When do I need to pick a major?

There is no set date by which you must declare a major, but Discover aims at having students declare a major before the end of their sophomore year. By that point, most students have satisfied most of their liberal studies core requirements and should focus on major requirements.

How will I know which major is right for me?

Study what you love. Pay attention: Which subjects entice you? Which subjects come more naturally to you than others? What topics do you enjoy learning more about? What activities do you enjoy the most? These are the kinds of questions we discuss in Discover, and in answering them, students are better positioned to choose a major that’s right for them.

What majors increase my chance of getting a job?

There is no shortage of lists, videos and articles claiming to predict the best jobs for the future. Playing the prediction game can be a fool’s errand. It’s best to study what you love; you are more likely to get better grades, finish in four years, and be happier.

What if none seem right?

Merrimack offers a self-designed major precisely for those whose interests don’t neatly fit in any of our traditional majors. Self-designed majors often are multidisciplinary. For more information about self-designed majors and how to propose one, contact Associate Dean Mark Allman.

More Information

Mark Allman
Associate Dean, Liberal Art
978-837-3508
allmanm@merrimack.edu