»Advising Information for Undeclared Students

Being undeclared is an opportunity for students to explore majors that align with their interests, strengths, and goals. The Academic Advising Center is here to help students in exploring and finding their major.

The Academic Advising Center offers students:

  • Undeclared major advising
  • Major and minor exploration
  • General education course planning
  • Understanding graduation requirements
  • Referrals to resources

When do students have to declare a major:

Undeclared students have to declare a major by the time they complete 60 credits. Students declare a major by completing a Change of Program form to the Office of the Registrar.

Meet with an Advisor:

If you are undeclared or want to change majors, the Academic Advising Center can help you. You can make an appointment to meet with your advisor by calling the AAC at (714) 744.7959 or in person at Beckman 406. You can also email your advisor.

+-Majors that Require Additional Steps to Declare:

The following majors either require an application, audition or review process. Please work with the department if you are considering one of these majors:

+-Steps to Declare a Major:

  1. Download and print the “Change of Program” Form
  2. Meet with the Department Chair of the Major to get their signature on the “Change of Program” Form. You can find the Department Chair on the Advising Portal
  3. Turn in the “Change of Program” form to the Office of the Registrar.

Please note:

To declare some majors, there may be an application, audition, or portfolio review process, or a set of courses that must be completed with certain GPA requirements before being permanent in the program.

Change of Major or Minor Program Forms submitted at the Registrar's Office during priority registration dates will not be processed until the conclusion of the registration appointment period.

+-Still Deciding on a Major? Choosing a Major Checklist


  • View the list of majors and minors at Chapman to make a list of your top majors of interests.
  • Review the College Catalog to view major requirements and courses
  • Take courses for your General Education requirements and electives to explore majors. There is a document called "Exploratory Courses for Chapman University Majors that lists courses to explore majors and also count as General Education courses.
  • Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor at the Academic Advising Center. To make an appointment call 714.744.7959 or in person at Beckman 406.
  • Make an appointment with a Faculty Program Advisor. Every major has a Faculty Program Advisor and it’s a good idea to meet with Program Advisors of the majors you are deciding on to learn more about the major, courses, and declaring the majors. The list of Program Advisors can be found on the Advising Portal
  • Visit the Career Development Center (CDC) in Argyros Forum 303
    • The CDC offers many resources for Undeclared Students such as:
      • career self-assessments and Career Educator staff that you can meet with to explore careers.
      • an online Major Portal which can give you an idea what careers students can do with a particular major.
      • Internship opportunities
  • Talk to students and faculty in the major
  • Join a Student Club or Volunteer opportunity. Visit the Student Life website on ways to get involved on campus.
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