Journal of Career Development
Nationally, it is estimated that 77 percent of all freshmen and sophomores are in the process of deciding on an academic major (Rayman, 1993). The student body at University of Missouri - Columbia (MU) is no exception. In addition, a number of students have chosen majors, but for the wrong reasons: "My parents want me to be a . . .", "I must have a major in order to get good academic advising . . .", "I have to choose a major or I can't register . . .", "Everyone else has a major . . .", etc. These negative connotations of being "undecided" led the Career Center (CPPC) to view this population from a more positive point of view. CPPC wants students to feel that it is not only okay, but normal to be "deciding" and most importantly to realize that he/she is not alone.
McDaniels, Robert M.; Carter, Jennifer K.; Carter, Cynthia K.; Candrl, Karin I.; and Wieberg, Anna M., "Undecided/Undeclared: Working with "Deciding" Students" (1994). Higher Education. 117.