Academic Advisement

Exploring Majors

At Nazareth, you do not have to select a major until the end of your sophomore year. Some majors require a decision earlier than that, but generally the first two years can be a time of exploration, reflection, and self-evaluation. We encourage undeclared students to use this time to think about their interests and goals. During this time, you can also take courses that fulfill core requirements and expose you to a wide variety of areas of study.

Changing Majors or Declaring a New Major/Minor:

Students, email the department chairperson or program director (see list) of the program you want to are declare and request approval to declare that major or minor. Forward the approval to, and your request will be processed.

Questions?  Call 585-389-2871 or email

To change or declare your major, complete a Declaration or Change of Major Form. To complete/print/save the form electronically, you must download and save the form on your computer and use Adobe Acrobat (free software) to open the form and fill it out. Otherwise you can print and fill out the form on paper.

This form must be approved by the department chair of the desired major and returned to the Academic Advisement office.

Helpful Resources

  • Our Open Path Program helps first year and second year students who have not yet declared a major.
  • The Majors page has great general information about each program. To learn more about the exact required classes and curriculum for any major, look at the Academic Programs section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Each semester, Academic Advisement offers a one-credit course open to freshmen and sophomores called CDL 101: Exploring Self, Majors, and Careers.
  • The Center for Life's Work (Career Services) offers resources for students, including computer software programs that help you pinpoint possible careers and majors that match your interests.
  • You can make an individual appointment with your academic advisor (a professor in your major) or with an academic counselor in the Academic Advisement office to discuss major and/or career choices.
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For Freshmen/Sophomores

CDL 101: Exploring Self, Majors, and Careers Course Description