Changing or Adding a Major/Minor

College is a great time to explore your interests, both inside and outside of the classroom. During the course of that exploration, you may decide that changing your major or adding a minor will help you further explore an interesting academic discipline. Making the decision to change your major or add a minor will not solely determine your career destination, but it can provide you with insight and experience to inform the career pathway(s) you work toward during and after your undergraduate journey.

If you are thinking about making a change, please see below for information on how we at the Humanities and Arts Student Success Center can support you. 

 

Less than 90 Units 

Required Documents to Attach

  • Unofficial Transcript

Steps to Change Major/Minor

  1. OPTIONAL - Meet an HASSC Advisor: Schedule an appointment to meet with an HASSC advisor if you have any questions about what changing your major or adding a minor will do to your progress toward graduation. This is a significant decision in your undergraduate journey, and our advisors are happy to help you think through the decision just to ensure you can make the most informed decision possible. If you feel comfortable with assessing the impact on your own, you can skip to Step 2.

  2. Meet with a Major/Minor Advisor: Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor in the department of your NEW major or minor. They will speak with you about major degree requirements and major course planning. If you would like to continue with your change and there is space in the department, the department will start the online paperwork necessary to process a change of major/add minor request.

  3. Fill out the form: Check your email for a DocuSign packet that will require you to add some information to the request form. You will receive a copy of the form once all signatures have been gathered.

 

More than 90 Units

High Unit Warning: If your change of major or addition of minor request will push you significantly beyond 150 units, there is a high likelihood that your request will not be approved. If denied, appeals are possible.

Required Documents to Attach:

  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Major form(s) of current and new major(s) if adding/changing majors.
  • Major form(s) of current and new minor(s) if adding/changing minor.

Steps to Change Major/Minor

  1. REQUIRED - Meet with an HASSC Advisor: Schedule an appointment to meet with an HASSC advisor to discuss what changing your major or adding a minor will do to your progress toward graduation. This is a significant decision in your undergraduate journey, and our advisors are happy to help you think through the decision just to ensure you can make the most informed decision possible. This step is mandatory

  2. Meet with a major advisor: Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor in the department of your NEW major or minor. They will speak with you about major degree requirements and major course planning. If you would like to continue with your change and there is space in the department, the department will start the online paperwork necessary to process a change of major/add minor request.

  3. Fill out the forms: Check your email for a DocuSign packet that will require you to add some information and paperwork (i.e. personal statement) to the request form. You will receive an email from the Associate Dean of the College of H&A with a final decision.

  

Appeals to Denials

If your request to change or add a major/minor is denied, you can submit an appeal within 30 days of receiving the original denied decision.

For more information on how to submit the appeal, please visit this website and select “Appeal a Denied Change or Declaration” under the “Major & Minor Requirements” heading.