BS in Business and Economics degree students, please read on to learn more about:
- How to declare your major and connect with your faculty mentor
- Major Orientation Sessions that are required for you to receive your ALT PIN
- FAQs Pertaining to Major Declaration and Orientation
How to Declare Major and Connect with Faculty Mentor
Students in the BS in Business and Economics degree program are expected to declare a major before the end of your sophomore year. You may declare a major anytime by simply:
- Obtaining a Major Declaration Form in the CBE Undergraduate Programs Office.
- Indicating your desired major on the Major Declaration Form.
- Meeting with your academic advisor to obtain his or her signature on the Major Declaration Form.
After your advisor signs your Major Declaration Form:
- The CBE Undergraduate Programs Office will submit the form to the Registrar so that your major will be indicated on your degree audit no later than the following semester.
- The CBE Undergraduate Programs Office will also notify your new major department that you have declared.
- The coordinator in your new major department will send you an email to welcome you to your new major and let you know the name and contact information for the faculty member who will be your “faculty mentor.”
While your academic advisor will help you plan your course schedule to ensure you achieve your graduation goals, your faculty mentor will be the “go to” person to help you learn more about your major field and the types of professional development experiences that can help you transition to your chosen field successfully after graduation.
Major Orientation Sessions Required for ALT PIN
To ensure you have a successful transition into your major when you declare, you will be required to attend at least one Major Orientation Session prior to receiving your ALT PIN to register for the following semester. During the Major Orientation Session, you will learn more about major curriculum requirements, what types of internships students do, and what types of careers graduates pursue. You will also learn more about the opportunities that are available outside the classroom (like clubs, networking events, etc.) to develop professional skills and connections in your chosen field.
Since most students will declare in the spring semester of their sophomore year, we will offer Major Orientation Sessions during the spring semester. The sessions will take place from February 1 – 15, 2017. Please note that attendance will be taken at each Major Orientation Session, so please bring your Lehigh ID card.
Have additional questions? Check out the FAQs below or stop by the CBE Undergraduate Programs Office for help. We look forward to talking with you!
FAQs Pertaining to Major Declaration and Orientation:
1. When do most BS in Business and Economics students declare their major?
Most BS in Business and Economics students will declare their major in the spring semester of their sophomore year after they’ve had a chance to take the 100-level introductory course in their chosen field.
2. Why must we declare by the end of our sophomore year?
Most students will register spring of sophomore year to start their major courses in the fall of their junior year, so if you declare as a sophomore, you will have a chance to gain important information about your major curriculum before you register for major courses. You can be better positioned to engage in major-related clubs and professional development as a junior, prior to seeking a major-related internship in the summer between your junior and senior year.
3. If I decide to declare my major earlier than second semester of my sophomore year, what is the process to receive my ALT PIN?
There will be one Major Orientation Session, held during the fall semester, for students who have declared their major earlier than second semester of their sophomore year. You will need to attend this session in order to receive your ALT Pin for the following registration period.
4. If I declare a major after registration in a given semester, do I still need to attend a Major Orientation session?
Yes. You will need to attend a Major Orientation Session before you receive your ALT PIN for the following registration period.
5. Is the process different for declaring a second (“double”) major?
No. The process to declare the major is the same, and you will still be required to attend a Major Orientation Session for the second major in order to receive your ALT PIN for registration for the following semester.
6. Is the process different if I decide to change my major?
No. The process to change your major is the same, and you will still be required to attend a Major Orientation Session for the second major in order to receive your ALT PIN for registration for the following semester.
7. Aside from taking the 100-level introductory core course in each major, what else could I do to help choose a major that’s right for me?
Outside of core classes, there are several ways you could explore majors to inform your choice, e.g.:
- Join a major club and network with current majors to learn more about the major and what majors do after they graduate.
- Attend club events and other events related to your major. A schedule of events (CBE Week at a Glance) is emailed to you every Sunday by the CBE Undergraduate Programs Office.
- Meet with faculty who teach major courses to learn more about their major field, their research, and what career paths are available in the field.
- Network with alumni at CBE-sponsored events or through contacts you get through the Center for Career and Professional Development.
- Make an appointment with Career Counselor in the Center for Career and Professional Development to help assess your strengths and interests and determine additional ways you could inform your choice. You may schedule an appointment
If a student does not attend at least one Major Orientation
Session in February, he or she will not receive an ALT PIN
until the week of walk-in registration, after he or she has
attended an alternate Major Orientation Session which will
be held in mid-March.