Focus Areas for Undeclared Students

What is a Focus Area?

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Students wishing to be Undeclared are now being asked to select an accompanying "Focus Area" if they did not choose one at the time of admission. 

Focus Areas are a two-semester guided selection of classes meant to help students prepare to select a major by taking appropriate pre-requisite coursework. The recommended courses prioritize certain general education and introductory classes that are foundational to a group of majors. 

  • No, a student in a Focus Area is still considered Undeclared and has not committed to a particular major or subject. Students are permitted to change their Focus Area as often as they like while under 30 earned credit hours.
  • Undeclared Focus Areas are not intended for those who have earned 30 or more credit hours.

    Focus Areas are designed to assist first-year students complete critical general education courses while also exploring options for potential majors. Once a student has progressed beyond 30 hours they should either have at least one major in mind they are ready to declare, or plan to seek additional support through Owl Advising to find a major. 

    Students who fail to declare a major after 30 credit hours have been earned will receive a registration hold on their account called a "UF" hold. This requires they meet with an advisor to request a major change before being allowed to register for next term's courses. 

    Keep in mind that majors can be changed as interests or career goals change, so the major you declare first may not be the major you graduate with. 

Explore the Focus Areas (FA)


Choose your Focus Area

KSU Student with ScrappyClick Here to Complete the Form 

You will need your KSU ID#.

Upon completion of the form, a member of the Owl Advising team will update your OwlExpress with your choice. Please allow 2-5 business days for updates.

Have you changed your mind on the initial Focus Area you picked? Submit a new form with your new choice!