OK, to start things off, let’s agree on some language together. Knowing what you choose as your major may be less important in the long run than learning what your calling is in life. If statistics tell us anything about college majors and our future careers, they tell us is that we need to be life-long learners. Because we live in a world in which knowledge is changing at a rapid pace, everyone is likely to change careers multiple times in his/her adult life. So, it is perfectly all right to explore your major options as you enter college, but do so with intent and purpose –- and let us help you!
Be a SEEKER and join a Learning Community in the fall of your freshman year. This single choice will help you engage with a group of fellow students as well as with a select core of OBU faculty who are committed to mentoring you through the initial stages of your entry into college and making that experience the best that it can be. You will take a Strengths assessment to learn about your God-given talents, some of which you may have already been honing into strengths but some of which may be waiting to be developed. By learning about how these Strength Themes can be affirmed, used in your academics, in your relationships, and in career development, we will help you to develop both short-term and long-term goals for your future. There are ten Learning Communities (LC) available this fall. To learn more about Learning Communities and the options available to you, click here.
If you elect not to join a Learning Community, still boldly proclaim your entering status with this phrase, “I am undeclared and keeping my options open for the time being!” You will be assigned an academic advisor in the Student Success Center who love to work with students with open options! They are:
They are both here for your success and will help you explore your interests and abilities until you feel comfortable and confident in declaring a specific choice in major. Until then, there are plenty of Common Core courses and exploratory courses that will count toward specific degree requirements or necessary electives. So, to start things off, consider the following as a template (i.e., not written in stone) for your first semesters of courses.