PD 2009-05 Guideline 4 - Changing Majors

Presidential Directive:Student requests for changes in major will not automatically be approved. Effective after the final day of the Fall 2009 semester, students who have earned 90 units or more may not change majors except by special permission. Any request for change of major may be denied for students whose time remaining to complete the requirements for a degree would significantly increase. If the requested new major is impacted, the student must meet criteria similar to those required of newly admitted students in the same impacted major.

4.1 Students who have earned 90 units or more at the end of Fall 2009, and who request to change a major, add a major or minor, or change a minor, must have their application for such changes reviewed by the Associate Dean of the college of the new requested major and/or minor program. Decisions for changes of program that will extend the units required for graduation will be based upon the program requirements remaining in the student's current major and/or minor program.

4.1.1 Approvals of changes either to the major and/or minor will be permitted if the proposed change does not substantially increase the units required to graduate. Generally, students who propose, with compelling reasons, a change that will require 15 or fewer additional units to graduate will be approved. Students who propose, with compelling reasons, a change that will require more than 15 additional units to graduate will most likely not be approved, though an exception may be possible. Such exceptions will generally be based on either extenuating personal circumstances, or specific blended or interdisciplinary majors in the SJSU Catalog that require completion of additional units.

4.1.2 Students who apply to change a major but are not admitted should find an alternative major in the semester subsequent to being denied admission. Students who apply a second time to change to a major that denied them admission will face the same enrollment restrictions as high unit seniors if their second application is unsuccessful.

4.2 If a student has more than 120 earned units and applies to change or add a major and/or minor, the following guidelines apply:

4.2.1 A student with 165 earned units or more will not be allowed to make any changes unless the proposed change reduces the units required to graduate, in comparison with the approved graduation plan. If one major is complete the student will be graduated at the earliest possible date. If the student is unable to graduate in the currently declared (i.e., original) major (e.g. due to inability to complete/pass a requirement) a new major may be considered.

4.2.2 A student with 150 to 164 earned units will be allowed to change an approved program only if the change will not require any additional units to graduate.

4.2.2.1 A student with a double major who has completed one of the declared majors may be graduated at the earliest possible date, with no guarantee of completion of the second major. A decision to graduate the student without the second major will generally be made in cases where the second major was declared after Spring 2009, and/or is not part of an SJSU Catalog blended or interdisciplinary major, and/or the student has not made adequate efforts to complete both majors in a timely and efficient manner.

4.2.2.2 A student who is unable to graduate in the currently declared major (e.g. due to inability to complete/pass a requirement) may be allowed to change to a new major if it does not significantly extend the units required to graduate. “Significant” increases are defined as more than 15 units beyond the student's currently approved program (See 4.5 and 4.6 below.)

4.2.3 A student with 120 to 149 earned units may be allowed to make program changes for compelling reasons if the change does not add more than 15 units to what is required under the approved graduation application. (Normally, proposed changes, for compelling reasons, that can be completed within 15 units will be allowed.) Students with double majors, and students unable to graduate in the currently declared major, will be managed as described in 4.2.2.1 and 4.2.2.2.

4.3 Impacted Majors: A student wishing to apply to an impacted major must check with the advisors in that major to learn what impaction criteria are to be met; this may include a time frame and/or deadline for application. Students must meet the department's eligibility criteria and follow the department's admission procedures. Students who apply to an impacted major but are not admitted should find an alternative major in the semester subsequent to being denied admission. Students who apply a second time to an impacted major will face the enrollment restrictions on high unit seniors if their second application is unsuccessful.

4.4 Appeals: A student may appeal a denial, following the process outlined in 7.0 below.