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Plan Your Major

The major complements the essential skills and the broad base of knowledge provided by general education.
The purpose of the major is to ensure that each student pursues a particular field of knowledge in depth, investigates advanced theories and schools of thought, and becomes competent in using the language and methods of inquiry of the field. It is through such concentrated study that a student begins to master a body of knowledge and comes to understand the nature of expertise in the chosen field, including both its power and its limitations.

Undecided Major

That’s OK! About 20% of the entering UMM class each year are Deciding students—you are not alone!

Your Adviser

Connections between students and faculty outside the classroom contribute to a successful educational experience. Academic Advising, 223 Community Services, is responsible for coordinating the advising program. Adviser assignments are based on students' particular needs and academic interests.

Making Changes

You can change your major, minor or adviser at any time.

Major
It's not at all uncommon for students to change their majors three or four times while attending UMM. Each time you wish to change your major, complete the Major/Minor Change Form and submit it on-line or print a copy and return it to the Advising Office. Changes will be reflected after overnight system updates.

Adviser
Prior to your first semester at UMM, you are asked to identify which majors interest you the most. This choice (including "undecided" or area of concentration) is entered into your record and used to generate APAS* reports. The Advising Office staff assign you an adviser with expertise in your area of interest.

To make a change, students will need to fill out an Adviser Change Form to have the appropriate APAS* report and adviser assignment on record. Changes will be reflected after overnight system updates.

* APAS is the University's degree audit system. It helps you keep track of how your credits count toward a UMM degree.

Your Responsibilities

Other Credit and Learning Opportunities

UMM provides official recognition for prior college level learning that has counterparts in the UMM curriculum. Methods of evaluation include testing, papers, projects, presentations, or any combination that supplies the information needed to assess a student's background.

Information for Special Student Groups

UMM has a diverse student population which includes students of color, PSEO, non-traditional, transfer, and international students. Information is available for these specific groups to help answer questions related to their specific needs.


PSEO Students
Non-Traditional Students