Declaring a Major
Students may declare a major after the completion of the second semester, but no later than the fourth semester of residence. Students declaring a major in one of the recognized fields apply to the appropriate department or program for assignment to an adviser. Students who wish to develop an interdisciplinary major must first meet with a dean.
The selection of a major is quite important and is a requirement for completion of the degree. To assist in the selection process, the College of Arts and Science sponsors a majors fair every fall semester where students can familiarize themselves with the requirements for individual majors.
Students officially declare their majors by registering with the Arts and Science Registrar's office, as well as with the chosen department(s) or an interdisciplinary adviser approved by the dean.
How to Declare a Major
Major declarations forms will not be processed for a five-week period around registration each semester. Declarations and changes received after the last day to withdraw from classes for the semester will be processed after the end of the open enrollment period of registration.
Sophomores and juniors who wish to declare a major or make changes to their major may download a Declaration of Major form. Students will need to print enough forms to leave one each with the major department(s) and the Arts and Science Registrar's office.
- Take the form(s) to the department office of the subject area(s) in which you wish to major, where you will be assigned an adviser.
- An adviser will discuss the major requirements with you and sign both major declaration forms.
- Leave one form with the major department.
- Return one form to the Arts and Science Registrar's office (311 Kirkland Hall). For students with multiple majors, the form to be returned to the Registrar's office must have the signature of all major advisers.
Seniors who wish to make changes to their majors may do so only before the fifth class day of their senior year.
Students who wish to declare three majors first must petition the Administrative Committee. Petition forms are available in the Deans office.
» List of approved majors
» Declaration of Major form
Double and Triple Majors
Students may choose to concentrate in two or three major fields. Each A&S non-interdisciplinary major must include at least 24 credit hours that are being counted solely toward the major.
Individually-Created Interdisciplinary Major
The individually-created Interdisciplinary Major permits students to contract for an individually designed program of concentration consisting of at least 48 hours of approved work. The program is constructed around a coherent academic purpose and may draw together the academic resources of a number of departments and schools. A student who wishes to develop such a program must first discuss it with the dean, as well as submit a written proposal to the Committee on Individual Programs.
The student's contract for an interdisciplinary major is deemed to be a statement of required courses within a major discipline. The student must achieve at least a 2.000 average in all work taken toward fulfillment of the contract.
Students may choose to combine an interdisciplinary major (including majors offered through the Interdisciplinary Programs) with a more traditional major. Upon approval of the Committee on Individual Programs and the student's adviser, (a) as many as 6 hours may be counted as part of both the interdisciplinary major and the second major, or (b) normally, no more than three introductory-level courses will be counted toward the interdisciplinary major.
» List of Interdisciplinary Programs
How to Declare an Interdisciplinary Major
Students who wish to create an interdisciplinary major first must meet with a Dean and obtain the approval of the Committee on Individual Programs. In addition to the instructions found in How to Declare a Major (above), students who wish to declare an approved interdisciplinary major must also pick up a Contract for Interdisciplinary Major. After obtaining an adviser's signature, students will submit the contract, the Declaration of Major form, and a brief justification of the major for approval.
Please note that contract courses will be entered into the student's record exactly as written on the contract. Students should make every effort for clarity and accuracy.
Students who wish to make changes to an interdisciplinary major must complete the Request for Change in Contract for Interdisciplinary Major, then submit the changes for approval by the dean.
» Contract for Interdisciplinary Major
» Request for Change in Contract for Interdisciplinary Major