Undecided vs. Undeclared

In general, we distinguish Undecided and Undeclared according to the following:

Changing your major to Undecided is advisable if you have no intention of continuing in your current program but are not sure of your academic options and would like to explore different areas before committing to a new major.

Changing your major to Undeclared is advisable if you already know the major you want, but have not yet completed the admissions prerequisites for the program.  This would be the case for majors in most professional and arts schools at USC which require an application for internal candidates.

These schools do not have “open” major declaration and there is no guarantee of admission.  A separate application and prerequisites are typically required:

These schools have mostly “open” major declaration and can be declared upon meeting with the school’s admission or advising staff: