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Declaring a Major

Although students may declare an interest in a major when applying, they are not formally admitted to the major until they complete a “Declaration of Major/Minor/Concentration” form, available in the Registrar’s Office in the Cavalier Express Center

  • Declaration of Major requires the approval and signature of the department chair. 
  • Students who are unsure of who their department chair is should ask their advisor or the Registrar.

Admission to some majors is not guaranteed. Some majors limit admission to students completing certain prerequisites or having a minimum GPA.

Students may not declare a major until they complete COL 101.

At the earliest, students admitted in the fall can move into their major field during February of the spring semester. COL 101 advisors will discuss the declaration policies and procedures with students.

Deadline to Declare Major

Officially, there is no deadline to declare a major or minor, but it is suggested that students declare prior to junior year.

Some majors have curriculum requirements that take three to four years to complete (e.g., Graphic Design, Education, Biology). Therefore, declaring some majors later may prevent students from graduating in four years.

Please note that students are required to complete the curriculum that is prescribed in the catalog in force when they apply for admission into the program, not from the catalog received upon enrollment.