Understanding Undeclared Status

There are several reasons why you may feel that you should be an undeclared major. The most common and obvious reason is that you are truly undecided about which major is right for you. Or you may have officially declared a major but want to change it, and you’re just not sure what to change it to. 

No matter what your reasons are, you need to understand that being an undeclared major is a temporary status and that you cannot earn a degree in undeclared or general studies at Southern Miss.  Additionally, if you have already completed all of the General Education Curriculum (GEC) coursework at Southern Miss, then you must choose a major and understand that you cannot continue as undeclared or change from having a declared major to being undeclared. Thus, the Student Success Center will assist you in one of the following ways:

 

  •  If you are an undeclared student who has not yet completed all General Education Curriculum (GEC) coursework, the Student Success Center will be your place for academic advisement.  Ideally, you should not be an undeclared student for longer than one academic year. During the course of your academic advisement with us, you will find that we are persistent and focused about helping you identify possible majors and then ultimately declaring one.
  • If you are currently a declared major who has completed all General Education Curriculum (GEC) coursework, you will not be allowed to become an undeclared student. However, the Student Success Center will offer you counseling about which major to switch to and guide you through the steps associated with changing your major. We can additionally refer you to any other campus resources that might be helpful to you, such as Career Services.
  • If you are currently a declared major who has not completed all General Education Curriculum (GEC) coursework, you can become an undeclared student. The Student Success Center will be your place for academic advisement as we work with you to identify the major that is right for you. Once you have completed your GEC coursework, however, you must declare a major.