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What majors are available at USI?
There are a wide variety of majors available at USI through our 5 academic colleges. To access a listing of these go to http://www.usi.edu/acadadv/checksheets.asp. You can also refer to your University Bulletin.

I'm not sure what to major in, is that okay?
Yes. Being undecided about your major is common for new students. In fact, according ACT, 65-80% of college students will change their majors at least once. If you are unsure what you want to major in, please take advantage of the many resources available at USI. Advisors in University Division can help you explore your options. UD advisors hosts an Exploring Majors fair, which is a great resource for students.

When do I need to make a decision about my major?
You must declare your major by the time you earn 62 credit hours.

Where can I get help choosing my major?
USI offers a number of resources to help students choose majors. As always, your UD advisor is an excellent resource. Career Counseling offers many assessments to help students in their searches.

What are the advantages of starting college as an undecided student?
If you complete a thorough exploration and decision making process during your first year in college, starting out as undecided will increase the probability of making a good choice of major.

What is the difference between a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree?
To earn a BA degree you must earn credits in 4 semesters of a foreign language. A BS degree does not require foreign language study.

How do I determine specific classes I have to take for a given major?
You can peruse the major requirements for all majors at USI by visiting http://www.usi.edu/acadadv/checksheets.asp. You can also complete a "What if" analysis through the Degree Audit System (DARS ) on your MyUSI account.
Your assigned academic advisor is listed on your MyUSI account under Student Information.

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