What's your major?
It’s a question you’re going to hear frequently from now until you finish college. Whether you’re ready to answer right now or not, you’ll find a wide range of programs to explore at Illinois State.
If you are still deciding, don’t worry—we can help. Nearly 20 percent of this year’s freshman class started out undecided.
Explore your options
With 165 bachelor's degree options, you're sure to find an academic major that's right for you at Illinois State.
- Check out IllinoisState.edu/firstview to start matching your interests to a college major. You'll get a personalized brochure based on the academic and social opportunities you want.
- At IllinoisState.edu/academics, you can browse all of our undergraduate majors and minors and find information about all of our academic departments and colleges. Each department provides information about the types of courses required and career opportunities for graduates.
- The undergraduate catalog is another resource that will give you an overview of all the academic programs, their requirements, and course descriptions.
Seek some advice
If you are still deciding on a major once you are an Illinois State student, many programs and services will be available to you to help you find the right program, including:
- Academic advisors within University College Academic Advisement serve all incoming freshmen, current students with 24 or fewer semester hours, and those students who have not declared a major. Your academic advisor will arrange meetings with you to determine your class schedule, interpret university policies, understand major and minor requirements, make short- and long-range academic plans, and locate academic resources.
- Student Counseling Services offers great tools to help you think through career choices, including step-by-step computer programs, personal career counseling, and special events.
- Take a Career Choice class which allows you to earn some credit while you are exploring your options. The class teaches students how to assess their interests, abilities, and values; how to gather information about occupations; and how to make career decisions.
Please be aware that Illinois State University requires all students to be enrolled in a major by the time they earn 75 hours. Find out more about the 75 hour policy.