Declare (or change) a Major


When should I declare a major?

Unless you are coming into the university certain of your major, begin exploring options in your first year. Strategic choice of general education course work is a great way to explore. If you know what you want to study, it will be to your advantage to declare early and begin planning to ensure a timely graduation. Declaring your major early provides you with a sense of direction, strengthens your motivation and may help to inform some of your course choices. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss exploration activities and/or courses to take as you being to make this very important decision.

How do I declare my major?

  • Some colleges, schools, or departments require a major information session (group or individual) prior to declaring the major, and others may require you to take a certain number of courses and/or meet certain grades or GPA requirements before being admitted to the major. It is important to find out what a major requires in order to begin and remain on your timeline for completing your degree. Find out now.

  • Familiarize yourself with the requirements of your major — prerequisite courses, achievement of a specified grade point average, and/or other specific admissions requirements. Download this helpful questions guide, to help your prepare for your advising appointment.

  • Once you declare a new major, an advisor will enter it into the student information system (SIS). When students still have requirements to fulfill before they can be admitted to the major, some colleges will enroll them as pre-majors. Being a pre-major does not necessarily guarantee admission to the major. Expect to see your new listing (whether as major or pre-major) in your Buckeye Link the same day the advisor enters it and for your DARS report, the next day. Your advising report will display your new major the following term if the advisor entered the information after the first day of the current term.

  • Changing your major may increase your fees. This is a question you should ask the advisor before making your decision.

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