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Continuing Students: Major & Minor Information

 

How do I apply for my major?

 

All students must be formally admitted to, and complete, a major to earn a degree. If a student decides to complete a minor, the student must formally apply to and be admitted to the minor, as well.
  • It is your responsibility to apply for a major or minor through the department or school in which your intended major/minor is offered.
  • You can either obtain a major/minor application directly through the department.  Many departments will have the applicatoin posted on their webpage.  Questions on how to apply to the major and where the application can be directed to the administrative assistant or faculty of that department. 
  • The school or department will determine whether or not you are officially accepted to the major/minor.
  • Requirements for admittance to the major are department specific and may include by are not limited to:  GPA and specific courses completed.  Please contact the department for additional information.
When do I apply for my major?
You should formally apply for acceptance to your major by the end of your sophomore year. If you transferred to SPU with junior or senior standing, you should apply for acceptance to your major after you have completed 20 credits at SPU and have met any other requirements for admission to the major.
Do I need a new advisor for my major?

If your faculty advisor is from a department or school outside your area of interest, you must request a new advisor. Enter the Banner Information System and choose “Student Menu” followed by the "Your Faculty Advisor” menu.

Please note that you must have an advisor for each major and minor, which can mean having multiple faculty advisors.

Are there additional requirements for my major?
Requirements for majors, minors, and programs are listed in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog. Major/minor requirements are often revised from year to year. It is important for you to be aware that you are responsible to meet the major/minor requirements listed in the Catalog that is current at the time that you formally apply and are accepted to a major/minor (e.g., if you are accepted into a major in Winter 2008, major requirements listed in the 2007–08 SPU Undergraduate Catalog must be fulfilled.


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