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 should email the department chairperson or program director of the program they are declaring and request approval to declare that major or minor.  Forward the approval to, and your request will be processed.

Click here for a list of department chair or program directors: 

Questions?  Call 585-389-2871 or send an email to

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 Center.

Helpful Resources

  • Our GEM: Guided Exploration of Majors program helps freshmen and sophomores 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, the Academic Advisement Center 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 Center to discuss major and/or career choices.
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For Freshmen/Sophomores

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