Ryan Shea '20
“I took art history, which, interestingly, was one of my favorite classes my freshman year. It helped me decide what I want to do.”
Ryan entered Elms undeclared but with an open mind. After taking a range of classes to see what his true passions were, he decided to double major in English and history.
ASPIRE Undeclared Program for Undeclared Majors
How do you choose a major when you’re not sure of your direction? The Elms College ASPIRE Undeclared program will guide you through your first year of college and help you find the right fit.
As an undeclared major you’ll work one-on-one with the Elms College director of advising in a guided approach to career exploration and selecting a major of study.
Finding the Right Path
Undeclared majors enroll in IDS 103 – a for-credit career exploration course, along with Elms College Liberal Arts Core Curriculum to explore a range of available majors and minors. Engaging with the liberal arts introduces students to a broad variety of disciplines and potential career paths. From visual art and literature to mathematics and science, you’ll explore the questions of who we are, how we think, and how we communicate with each other.
Specialized Program Features
- Specialized advising with a goal to graduate in four years
- Exploration of majors/minors through core courses
- Six weeks of major/minor presentations from division chairs and tenured faculty in IDS 103- Career Exploration
- Career Center resources
- FOCUS2 Discovery online assessment tools
- Resume development
- Guided participation in clubs/activities
95% of Elms undeclared students select a major in their first year
Rebecca Molin '20
“You just need to keep an open mind. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s how I was able to steer myself in a better direction.”
With the help of the ASPIRE Undeclared program, Rebecca went from being undeclared to double majoring in business management and marketing. Read Rebecca’s story.