A major is the academic discipline, such as business or environmental science, to which an undergraduate student formally commits. Admission and graduation requirements for majors are listed in the General Catalog.
Declare or Change a Major
The process for declaring a major varies by major and/or school. Regardless, students must meet with their academic advisor before declaring or changing a major.
Students should declare a major before earning 105 credits to avoid a registration hold.
Some majors offer formal options. A declared option is notated on a student's transcript.
Double Major or Double Degree
Students may complete the requirements of two majors as either a double major or a double degree.
Completing requirements for two majors and earning a minimum of 180 credits will earn a bachelor’s degree with two majors.
Students who complete a double major will receive one diploma.
Completing requirements for two different degrees and earning 225 credits (180 + 45) will earn two bachelor’s degrees.
For example, if one major is a bachelor of arts and the second is a bachelor of science, the student will need to meet both requirements for a double degree.
Students who complete a double degree will receive two diplomas.
A minor is an optional program of study (usually 25 to 35 credits) built around a particular subject or discipline. Students are eligible to complete as many as three minors while earning their first undergraduate degree.