Declaring a Major
Students may declare a major after the completion of the second semester, but no later than the fourth semester of residence. (Typically, this deadline is the Friday prior to Spring Break of the sophomore year.) 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 a self-designed interdisciplinary major must follow the guidelines below.
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 submitting paperwork to the Office of Academic Services for the College of Arts and Science.
How to Declare a Major
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 Office of Academic Services for the College of Arts and Science.
- 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 Office of Academic Services for the College of Arts and Science (350 Buttrick Hall). For students with multiple majors, the form to be returned to the OAS 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 Associate Dean’s office (350 Buttrick Hall).
Double and Triple Majors
Students may choose to concentrate in two or three major fields. Each Arts and Science non-interdisciplinary major must include at least 24 credit hours that are being counted solely toward the major.
Individually-Created Interdisciplinary Major
The individually-designed 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 submit a written proposal to the Committee on Individual Programs (see detailed guidelines). Students seeking this major must submit a completed course plan with the faculty adviser's signature; the written rationale; and the Declaration of Major Form, also with the adviser’s signature, to 350 Buttrick Hall. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Education at (615) 343-3141 for deadlines to submit the paperwork.
Students should make every effort to be clear and accurate when compiling the course plan, which will be a statement of required courses for the major. Students must achieve at least a 2.000 average GPA in all work taken toward fulfilling the course plan.
A student who wishes to make changes to an interdisciplinary major must complete the Request for Change in Interdisciplinary Major Course Plan, secure the adviser’s signature, and submit the changes for approval by an associate dean in 350 Buttrick Hall.
Upon approval from the Committee on Individual Programs and the student's adviser, as many as six hours may be counted as part of both the interdisciplinary major and another traditional major. Normally, no more than three introductory-level courses will be counted toward the individually-designed interdisciplinary major.