Deciding Major

The goal of the Deciding major is to aid a student who is searching for at least one area of study to learn to love, an area of study that can provide a foundation for lifelong learning, leadership, work, and service.

Most Deciding students commit to a major within that first year, after having a chance to talk through their personal hopes and goals for higher learning. Students should declare a degree-seeking major by the end of their sophomore year, or even earlier for some majors, and the advising process for Deciding majors encourages this progress.

Deciding Advisors

We are pleased to connect students with an initial academic advisor—their DECD Advisor—to begin the conversation about their academic and career hopes and goals.

  • Deciding Advisors are generalists who possess a broad understanding of Gordon’s strengths in the Christian liberal arts and sciences across the many academic areas of study at Gordon. They provide a good resource for direct questions about a student’s interests, strengths, and curiosities.
  • Deciding advisors themselves represent a variety of undergraduate academic disciplines, hold graduate degrees, and are selected for their ability to listen and coach students in this important period of a student’s development.

We recognize that the process of deciding takes more time than simply registering for courses. Academic advising for Deciding majors is less about which courses to take than which areas of study will be the best fit for a student's interests and goals. It’s hard to pick courses without an academic direction.

Deciding majors may meet with their advisor two to three times a semester before Registration, and in these meetings students are expected to share about their progress toward discovering an area of study.

Deciding is an active process; we’ve chosen this descriptive title on purpose. Each student should be actively deciding which area or areas of study are interesting, rewarding, and productive, both for fulfilling a college degree and also for a future career. 

Deciding Major program contact

Jennifer Brink 
Director of Academic Advising and First Year Experience
Office of Academic Advising | Jenks 219