University of Maine at Farmington 2018-2019 Catalog

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Liberal Arts Undeclared Program

The Liberal Arts Undeclared Program allows students the opportunity to explore career and major
options before declaring a traditional or self-designed major. Students begin to research majors
during their first semester, and are not required to declare a major until achieving 64 credits
(typically near the end of the sophomore year). We encourage students to take time to explore
possible majors. It is important to keep in mind during the exploration process that some majors
are highly competitive in their selection process and some require a strict adherence to a
sequence of classes in order to graduate in four years. With certain programs, students are
encouraged to declare by 32 or 48 credits.

We highly recommend that Liberal Arts Undeclared students work closely with an academic
advisor during their exploration process. The academic advisor is a faculty or staff member who will
provide guidance with academic decisions while at UMF (pursuing career goals, selecting courses,
understanding policies, etc). Students are notified about advisor assignment in the summer before
arriving on campus. Career counselors are also available to students in this program. The Center
for Student Development administers the advising program for Liberal Arts Undeclared students.


Advisors assist with course selection and scheduling. When choosing courses, it's helpful for
students to have an idea which subjects and careers interest them so that their advisor can make
General Education course selections with their interests in mind (see General Education
Requirements). Discussing General Education options with an advisor provides students with a
greater ability to transition to a major once they decide on one. UMF also gives students the
ability to create a self-designed study plan which allows them to customize a major to fit
particular interests.


Students in the Liberal Arts Undeclared Program explore majors by taking General Education Requirements and/or introductory courses in majors of interest. There is a lot of flexibility in what courses students can take. In their first semester students will take a First Year Seminar or a Writing Seminar (FYS 100 or ENG 100), and three general education courses in areas of interest (art, humanities, math, natural sciences, or social sciences). Information about specific courses is available by consulting the listing of courses by major or by reviewing the programs of study for Bachelor's Degree Programs.

Transfer students participating in Maine's AdvantageU program (or any transfer student who will
have 30 college credits or more before entering UMF) are encouraged to visit and make
connections with UMF early in their community college career. By talking with UMF faculty
members while they are enrolled in classes at a community college, students will be better
prepared and informed about the academic programs and co-curricular opportunities before
entering Farmington. This assures a smooth transition to UMF. Please call or email Admission at
(207) 778-7050 or to schedule an individual visit.

For more information about the Liberal Arts Undeclared Program, visit our website at: or call 207-778-7040.

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