Undeclared at MCLA
Unsure of Your Major?
Perhaps you have many different interests. Or perhaps you have not found your passion yet. Enrolling as an Undeclared major allows you to explore MCLA's bachelor degree programs to discover the path that best suits your interests and goals.
Why Come Undeclared?
MCLA’s high academic standards give you access to an array of opportunities through challenging coursework and semester-abroad programs in places like China, Italy, England, France, Spain, and Japan. Internships can link you with sites ranging from world-class institutions and market-leading companies to local human services and arts organizations. On campus, you have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty to conduct research, participate in service learning courses, or pursue independent work. Completing your MCLA degree is about more than the selection of a major. We want you to begin to build a life of meaning so that you can make an impact in the world, not just get a job.
What Is The Core Curriculum?
Our core curriculum combines the foundation of a traditional curriculum with alternative paths. You will take courses in four areas: Creative Arts, Human Heritage, Self and Society, and Science and Technology, to progress toward a Capstone Senior Seminar that combines the wisdom accrued in your major with more general questions from across the spectrum of human inquiry. We encourage Undeclared students to work on core requirements while taking courses in other disciplines of interest.
How Does It Work To Be Undeclared at MCLA?
- The Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE) staff help all Undeclared students explore majors and careers. They serve as academic advisors until students declare a major.
- Undeclared majors are invited to special events, and can participate in major program activities, including performing arts productions, television and radio shows, and the College’s student-run newspaper, The Beacon.
- Students can remain undeclared through their sophomore year; however, they are encouraged to begin considering what major to declare before attaining 60 credits.
- Classroom learning is enhanced by hands-on experiences such as internships, study abroad, research, community-based service learning, and professional training, as well as co-curricular lecture series, films, and speakers.
- The First Year Experience courses create peer-to-peer support that helps new students in their transition to college life and allows them make the most of all of MCLA’s opportunities.
- Students engage in career exploration with the Career Services staff.
What Can I Do With A Particular Major?
Undeclared students and other members of the MCLA community can visit the What Can I Do With This Major? website. Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research on majors and careers through the websites provided.
“Entering MCLA undecided allowed me to explore a variety of major interests, while still receiving the same support and advising that I would have if I entered with a specific major. It was reassuring knowing that I had the time and resources to find what I really wanted to study.”
Greg Garvey '17
"I chose to enter my freshman year as an Undeclared major because I wasn't quite sure what I wanted my path to be. When I got to MCLA I was able to use the resources here to explore my interests. I didn't feel pressure to choose a major but rather that the faculty and staff were invested in helping me find my passion and ensuring I could thrive."
Victoria Munoz '19
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Eldridge Hall, top level 413.662.5309
Monday through Friday,
8:30 - 4:45
Evening hours by appointment
Assistant Director of CSSE/Advising
Professor of Psychology and Academic Advisor