You don't need to know where you're going to get a head start in getting there.
The world is a big place, with tons of room for improvisation. There's no rule that says that you need to start your college journey knowing your ultimate destination. In fact, whether our students declare their majors at the outset of their college careers or not, we want each and every one of them to continually explore options and opportunities-and we've created an environment and a culture where they can do just that.
One of the great things about going to Champlain College is that you can really connect with your professors and other people, including students and staff members. Casual conversations turn into life-changing, career determining events. Someone's idea for a class project, turns into an annual fundraiser in which you were able to put your creativity and newly learned skills to the test-and create some amazing materials for your resume and portfolio.
You'll still start taking classes specific to your major right out of the gate. Our experiential classes will put you in teams with other students on projects where you'll start out in over your head with no clue what you are doing, and finish strong with more confidence in your knowledge then you ever thought you could get out of one course.
You'll also be in touch with the professional advisors in our Career Services Office who will give you amazing guidance on internships and professional trends, how to prepare yourself to meet them and how to give yourself a competitive edge. They also love to tell the true-life, you-can't-make-this-stuff-up stories of Champlain graduates who started out exactly where you are, where they landed and how Champlain influenced how they got there.
It goes on like that. Champlain is one of those places where if you seek guidance, you'll get as much of it as you need, from people who know what's what, and know what it is you need to do to discover where it is you want to go, and just how to get there.
Robert P. Stiller School of Business Undeclared Majors
As an undeclared major, you'll find the support you need to choose the major that will lead to a career you love - as well as a chance to explore areas of business you never knew existed, such as a broad BSBA degree with a specialization in Business Law, International Business with a development focus, or the high-growth field of Management of Creative Media. A career services advisor dedicated to the Stiller School of Business will meet with you, assess your personality type through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and your skills through the Strong Interest Inventory, guide you to career research, and discuss various career options in majors within the division. You can also speak to the program director or professors in various majors to learn more. After this process, most students are comfortable working with their faculty advisor to declare a major by their sophomore year.
Division of Communication & Creative Media Undeclared Majors
Being an undeclared major in the Division of Communication & Creative Media allows you to test your interest in different fields and take advantage of our Upside-Down Curriculum by enrolling in a variety of classes in different majors during your first two semesters. You'll work closely with the assistant dean, who will begin helping you select classes and balance your schedule as early as June, before you start in September. As you discover more about the fields that interest you, you will continue to work with the assistant dean as your advisor until you declare your major at the end of your first year.
Division of Education & Human Studies Undeclared Majors
You may know you want to work with people but not be sure in what capacity. Or you may know you want to teach but not be sure at what level. As an undeclared major in the Division of Education & Human Studies, you'll find the support you need to choose the major that will lead to a career you love. A career services advisor dedicated to the Division of Education & Human Studies will meet with you, assess your personality type through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and your skills through the Strong Interest Inventory, guide you to career research, and discuss various career options in majors within the division. You can also speak to the program director or professors in various majors to learn more. You will also take "Concepts of Self" and "Rhetoric I", as part of the Core Curriculum, during your first semester to help with self-expression and self-identity. In addition, you will take the psychology course "The Learning Curve," to help further your exploration in regard to your own learning. After this process, most students are comfortable working with their faculty advisor to declare a major by their sophomore year.
Division of Information Technology & Sciences Undeclared Majors
The world of technology is vast and has many appealing avenues to pursue. Understanding which path will best allow you to follow your interests and take advantage of your abilities requires equal parts experimentation and expert guidance. The Upside-Down Curriculum allows students to experience different aspects of various programs starting in their first semester. By taking ITS courses immediately, Champlain students in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences quickly discover whether they prefer rigorous programming and technology courses that requires a strong aptitude for mathematics, or whether their true passion lies more in front-end aspects of technology. Additionally, the advisor for every undeclared major in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences is the Coordinator of the Department of Software Technology, who works extensively with each student to ensure that he or she is in the best program environment in which to thrive.
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