Declare a Major/Minor

How To Declare a Major

FIRST-YEARS:

First-year students in sciences and languages enter with those majors declared in order to facilitate the four-year arc that those majors generally entail. Declared first-years may explore alternate majors through core and elective work, but remain with their entering major until the sophomore year, when they may change to Undeclared, or to a new major directly.

First-year students otherwise enter the College as Undeclared students, using the first and second year to explore the curriculum in search of their choice of major. The major may be declared in sophomore year.

SOPHOMORES:

When you decide on a major, download an academic program changes form or pick one up in the dean’s office in ICC 303. Take the form to the major department, where you will be assigned a faculty advisor. Once you have the signature of the department advisor or coordinator, return the form to ICC 303. Your major will be posted to your record as soon as possible.

To change a major or add a second major, follow the same process. Make sure you indicate the type of change you are making on the form: Are you dropping one major and adding another, or are you keeping your first major and adding a second major?

JUNIORS AND SENIORS:

To change a major or add a second major, download an academic program changes form. Take the form to the major department, where you will be assigned a faculty advisor. Once you have the signature of the department advisor or coordinator, email the form to your advising dean/academic counselor or turn it in to 108 White-Gravenor.


How to Declare a Minor

FIRST-YEARS:

Undeclared, first-year students may declare a minor(s) for the first time in the sophomore year.

SOPHOMORES:

Minors may be declared at the same time you are declaring your major. For most minors, the declaration process is simple. Add your minor(s) to the same academic program changes form you are using to declare your major, and turn it in to your advising dean or academic counselor. Most minors do not require department approval or signature. See below for more information on minors that require an application.

JUNIORS AND SENIORS:

To change a minor or add a second minor, download an academic program changes form. Email the form to your advising dean/academic counselor or turn it in to 108 White-Gravenor. Most minors do not require department approval or signature. See below for more information on our application based minors.


Minors by Application

There are several minors in the College that require an application. For details on the application process and deadlines, please visit that minor’s program page:

Business Administration

Cognitive Science
The minor in Cognitive Science normally requires that you have a major or minor in one of the participating disciplines: Biology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics and Psychology. Others may seek permission to take the minor by contacting the Director of Cognitive Science.

Creative Writing

Disability Studies

Education, Inquiry, and Justice

Film and Media Studies

Journalism

Justice and Peace Studies

Public Health

Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs

Science, Technology, and International Affairs
All students majoring or minoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Physics are eligible to pursue the minor. Others may seek to pursue the minor by submitting a written proposal to Assistant Dean Michael Parker after having taken two major-level courses from one of the above departments.


How to Declare a Certificate

College students may earn a certificate in a regional study offered through the School of Foreign Service. Contact the program for requirements and application information. Once you’ve received approval, you should ask a program representative to sign off on an academic program changes form. Turn this in to your advising dean or academic counselor.