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Berick Center for Student Advising announces Shadow Declaration

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Berick Center for Student Advising (CSA) has announced a new initiative that allows first-years to explore potential academic areas of interest before formally declaring a major or concentration.

This informal declaration, called “Shadow Declaration,” allows students to indicate an interest in up to two majors or concentrations that they are considering. Students do not have to commit to majors or concentrations until the spring of their sophomore years.

Once selections are recorded, the CSA  will provide students’ email addresses to the relevant departments, so that students can receive department-specific information about speakers, films, research and other opportunities. The CSA will also provide students with information on who to contact to learn more about their potential majors.

“Students appear to be excited about this opportunity,” said Andrew Plaa, interim dean of advising. “More than 100 SEAS students and more than 300 CC students have already entered their choices. This is a very good response rate for something that has been open for less than 24 hours.”

Shadow declaration is optional. Students have until Monday, February 29 to make their selections. 

Check your email to learn how to participate in Shadow Declaration. For more information, contact your CSA Advising Dean.

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