The term "undecided" most often describes students who are "unwilling, unable, or unready to make educational and/or vocational decisions." There is often a negative connotation associated with being "undecided," especially when it seems like everyone else at USC has declared a major or knows what "they want to do." Right? Wrong.
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone at USC has a declared major. There are about 700 Undecided at USC at any given time. Furthermore, students will change their major 3-5 times on average during the course of their undergraduate careers. Being Undecided is not a negative disposition. Rather, being Undecided provides you the opportunity to explore your personal interests, research majors and minors, and consider your career objectives.
There is a difference between an Undecided and an Undeclared student. Whereas an Undecided student has not decided on an academic discipline for his or her major, an Undeclared student knows their major, but has yet to declare it for any number of reasons. Undeclared students typically register for courses related to the major they want to declare or may even have an application in a professional school for admission review.
The following steps are designed to assist you explore and navigate the process of choosing a major at your own pace. It serves as a teaching and exploratory tool so that you become versed and proactive in the major-decision process. When you are ready, professionally trained advisors are available in Dornsife College Advising to assist you on your path to graduation.