Honors Projects


Tiffany Alexander


This project interviewed 4 initially undecided major students who now have declared majors in a focus group setting to determine their feelings of satisfaction and success. The study has three major findings. First, students felt their initial undecided status allowed more flexible course selection and resulted in a more well-rounded education. Second, while students liked this greater flexibility, students felt after declaring a major, they constantly played “catch up” to graduate on time and to receive career internships. Lastly, students liked their pre-major advisors, but wanted advisors to give them more time, career direction and advice, and to have a better knowledge of their specific major interests. The largest implications administrators need to rethink how to better assist students in catching up after a student declares their major, and thinking about how to make advising more personable and specific to each student.



First Advisor

Laura Sanchez

First Advisor Department


Second Advisor

Craig Vickio

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Spring 4-29-2013