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Major Match

We can't wait to see you do amazing things as a UH Cougar!

But FIRST, let's make sure you are in the best-fit major.

Finding the right major can be confusing and, at times, overwhelming. It's more than just picking from a list, and since this decision can literally change the course of your future, it’s worth your time to research your options so that you can make an informed choice. Follow these steps to make an informed major choice:

Step 1. Explore your major options.

  • Begin with our Change of Major website to explore majors at UH, along with change of major requirements.
  • View descriptions of UH majors and overview of requirements in alphabetical order.
  • Think you may not qualify for the major you want? Students in your situation who have been most successful have been open to thinking about redirecting their path to UH Majors for Different Career Paths.
  • Still not sure the best direction for you? Take the free Focus 2 career assessment, customized to connect your assessment results to good-fit University of Houston majors. (See a recorded Focus 2 workshop for more guidance.)
  • Look more broadly at majors and careers in general with the UH University Career Services Choosing a Major resources.
  • Dig in deeper to assess your career directions with UH Career Services additional career assessments.
  • Consider these really important notes:
    • Many majors have specific admissions requirements, and admissions is not guaranteed.
    • Some majors have portfolio reviews or auditions.
    • Some majors have limited admissions times per year.
    • Some majors have course enrollment requirements, such as requirements to take courses in that major every semester. Taking the time now to learn about these majors will ensure you don't take unnecessary credit hours.
    • It may turn out that you decide to change to a different major within the college to which you are already accepted.

Step 2. Talk to the experts.

Step 3. Now that you’ve done your research, are you interested in changing your major?

  • No, I’d like to keep my current major. That’s just fine. Good luck, work hard, and stay in contact with your advisor so you can stay as informed as you can.

  • Yes, I’m ready to change my major. Great!
    • If you an admitted student, it is best to make a change before you complete orientation. (If your major is not able to be changed as you requested, you may respond to the confirmation message you receive to request a one-on-one conversation to discuss this decision with an admissions advisor.)
    • If you have completed Orientation and enrolled in courses, you will need to complete your first semester and change majors after our first semester grades are earned using the process for current students below.
    • If you are a current student, carefully review the UH Change of Major page and follow the directions to petition for a major change to your intended college.

  • I’m still undecided That’s OK! If you are a freshman or a transfer student with fewer than 45 transfer credit hours, you can change your major to Exploratory Studies. Exploratory Studies is a short-term preparatory major that will give you time to ponder your interests, consider your options, make confident, informed career decisions, and complete your prerequisite preparation for the major of your choice. Request a change to Exploratory Studies through the Freshman and Transfer links in the item above.
  • A final cautionary note: if you are planning to begin in one major and work toward changing majors at a later time, please proceed with caution. Unofficially pursuing a degree plan that is different than the degree in which you are declared is rarely a path to success. You’ll miss out on advice from an advisor who really knows your major, you may not feel comfortable getting involved in college organizations and events, and you might end up behind on your graduation timeline. If you need more time and help to get where you’re going, consider changing your major to Exploratory Studies.

That’s it! Now you're all set to succeed at UH!