Declare/Change Major/Minor

To declare your major and minor, please complete the Major/Minor Declaration Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. When completing the form, please make sure to indicate the division of the major(s) and to obtain approval signatures from a faculty advisor in each major field and also from the department chair for each minor. Please note that the faculty advisor for your graduation major will become your primary academic advisor, and you will need his/her approval to register for classes after declaring the major.

You may change or add majors and minors at any time provided that your program continues to meet the college requirements (see below). To change your major or add an additional major to your program after initially declaring your major, please use the Change of Major Form. To change or add a minor, use the Change of Minor Form.

Requirements for the Major and Minor

Students are required to declare a major and minor no later than the semester after they have earned a total of 48 credit hours. In practice, this means that most students will need to declare a major and minor no later than the middle of the second semester of the sophomore year to be allowed to preregister for classes the following Fall. Students who enter with credits from AP exams, college work in high school, etc. may need to declare a major and minor earlier in their academic careers.

Students must initially declare at least one major (the “graduation major”) and either a minor (“the graduation minor”) or a second major. The graduation minor or second major must be in a different division* from the graduation major, and courses may not be double-counted towards the graduation major and the graduation minor. If you complete a second major instead of a graduation minor, each of your two majors must include at least 20 credits that do not count for the other, and the two majors must be in two different divisions of the college. If you complete additional majors beyond the college requirement, every major must include at least 20 credits that do not count for any of your other majors or minors. If you complete additional minors beyond the college requirement, each must include at least 12 credits that do not count for any of your other majors and minors.

*The academic divisions of the college are Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Please consult the Allegheny Catalogue to determine the division of a particular major or minor.