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Declaring a Major

step 1

Talk with an advisor.

With an advisor, you can review how current or completed credits will apply to different majors. Some programs require certain qualifications to be met for acceptance into the major (such as a GPA requirement, auditions, or interviews), so it is best to consult the academic catalog with your advisor to understand these conditions.

If you aren't quite ready to choose a major, you can also start with a meta major. That way, you are selecting classes that generally work on a path toward a cluster of majors, especially your math pathway

Step 2

Have a plan for submitting your declaration form.

Where and how you submit your completed plan declaration will vary by department and program. Work directly with your advisor to determine where and how to submit your form based on your specific academic path. Have this plan in place before you complete the form.


step 3

Complete the declaration form.

You will use a form to formally declare your major. You may also declare a minor, certificate, and/or concentrations using a declaration form. 

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Helpful terminology


The subject or field of study of specialization. For example, students planning to specialize in mathematics will major in this field. Students choosing to specialize in two subjects will have a double major.


A concentration is a specialized focus within a major. With the exception of Applied Health Sciences and Business, concentrations are optional.

Minors and Certificates

A field of secondary emphasis or a focused area of study. The total number of credits required in the minor is less than that required for the major. The total number of credits required for certificates is typically less than a minor.

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