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Suggestions for Choosing Your Major

Here are some tips for choosing a major that’s right for you.

  • Look through the list of majors at IUP, and find one you think you might be interested in. Enroll in the college that provides this major, but wait to declare until you're sure.
  • You can switch from one college to another after arriving at IUP. Colleges will require a 2.0 or in some cases higher GPA.
  • Why not take your Liberal Studies core curriculum classes until you're ready to select your major? Every student is required to take at least 43 semester hours in this curriculum.
  • Schedule wisely, so every credit applies toward graduation. All freshmen are expected to take College Writing, History of the Modern Era, Health and Wellness, and one course from a list of fine arts selections. Talk with your advisor and choose courses that fulfill the requirements of more than one of the majors you're considering.
  • Study hard. Even if you haven't declared a major, you can't slack off in the classes you take, thinking they don't count. Every class applies toward your GPA, and you must maintain a 2.0 GPA to stay at IUP.
  • Factoring in financial aid? One form of aid—Pennsylvania State Grants—is limited to eight semesters of study.
  • Call the Career Exploration Center. They'll be glad to discuss your options with you.
  • Although you may not be ready to select a major, you must be enrolled in one of IUP's six undergraduate colleges. If you haven't declared a major, you'll be listed as an "undecided" student in the college you have selected.

Eberly College of Business

This college has six departments: Accounting, Finance and Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Managing Information Systems and Decision Sciences, and Technology Support and Training.

College of Education and Educational Technology

All teacher education programs completed here lead to certification for public school teaching. The college also prepares school counselors, psychologists, principals, and specialists in communications media, clinical services, early childhood, and special education.

College of Fine Arts

This college has professional programs in art, music, and theater. Programs leading to teacher certification are offered in cooperation with the College of Education.

College of Health and Human Services

Seven departments compose this college: Criminology; Food and Nutrition; Health and Physical Education; Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management; Human Development and Environmental Studies; Nursing and Allied Health Professions; and Safety Sciences.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

This college provides a background in a wide variety of areas, including anthropology, economics, English, French, geography, German, history, journalism, philosophy, political science, regional planning, religious studies, Spanish, and sociology. Programs leading to teacher certification are offered in cooperation with the College of Education.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

This college includes the departments that cover these majors: biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, geoscience, mathematics, and psychology. Programs leading to teacher certification are offered in cooperation with the College of Education.