Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does having an Undeclared major in the College of Arts and Sciences mean?
A: It simply means that you have not yet been admitted into a specific major. You may be interested in one of the degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences or possibly even a program offered by another college. A&S Undeclared students have varied interests and are encouraged to work toward whatever major is a good match to their abilities and personal goals. While in the A&S Undeclared major, students complete courses as determined by placement and appropriate for their programs of interest, generally also incorporating the distinctive Core Curriculum common to all degree programs at Lawrence Tech.
Q: I applied to another Lawrence Tech program and was admitted as A&S Undeclared. Why?
A: Each degree program at Lawrence Tech has a unique set of admission requirements. If you did not initially apply to the A&S Undeclared program, this admission status means that you did not meet of the admission requirements for your program of first choice. While Undeclared, you will have the opportunity to establish a record of success in university coursework that will eventually allow you to move into that four-year major.
Q: When, and how do I declare my preferred four-year major?
A: A team of specially trained advisors will work with you to achieve that goal as efficiently as possible. Some general guidelines have been established to help you successfully matriculate to your intended four-year major. Factors include your grades, the courses you have completed, your progress in the Core Curriculum, and your overall GPA. You may be eligible to declare your four-year major after only one semester or you may benefit by waiting until you have completed several semesters. Your academic advisor will guide you in this process and must endorse your change of major application before it is processed.
Q: Will the courses I take while Undeclared apply toward my four-year degree?
A: Basic studies (developmental) courses typically do not apply toward a baccalaureate degree. This is true for students in all majors as well as those still Undeclared. However, better preparation at the basic level usually means better grades in upper-level classes, hence, a better overall educational experience. Among the courses that will directly apply toward your degree are those taken by all freshmen regardless of major. Of course, once you successfully complete prerequisite courses, advanced courses in your intended four-year major are also open to you.
Q: Who is my academic advisor?
A: Teams of academic advisors are assigned to A&S Undeclared students at the beginning of each semester. Advisors are faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences familiar with your program who are specially equipped to guide you in course selections and a myriad of other issues. Once assigned, your advisors will not change until you switch into another program. To identify your advisors, login to Blackboard (www.my.ltu.edu) and look for an advising link in the Bb Organizations list. You may also send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and request contact information for your assigned advisor.
Q: Can I take courses in my desired major while in A&S Undeclared?
A: Yes, provided that you have satisfied all applicable prerequisites. Check the LTU Undergraduate Catalog or consult with your advisor if you are unsure of your eligibility a specific course. LTU’s registration system automatically checks course prerequisites at the time of registration and only allows you to select courses for which you are eligible.