Changing Your Major

Freshmen, Sophomores or Juniors

You have earned less than 90 units.

  1. Use DARS Degree Planner to build a plan for the new major so you can see how the courses you have already taken will count toward the new major.
  2. Meet with an advisor for the new major.
  3. Complete a Major Change Request. Follow instructions on form.

Seniors

You have earned 90 or more units.

  1. Create a plan for the new major in DARS Degree Planner to see if you can complete the new major in less than 140 total units. Read the Major Change Policy (Link to policy)
  2. If you can complete the new major in less than 140 total units, follow all the steps on the Major Change Request for Seniors.

Major Change Policy: Students are not permitted to change majors after they have earned 90 units, unless the new major can be completed in less than 140 total units. Students changing majors after having earned 90 units are required to complete a new major contract before completing additional units beyond 90. Students who choose to change majors and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and dean.

Graduate Students

If you wish to change graduate programs contact Graduate Studies.

Second Major (Double Major)

Request a double major before you earn 90 units. If you complete requirements for both programs, you will receive one degree. Both majors will be listed on your transcript.

  1. For your current major, build a degree plan for all future semesters in DARS degree planner.
  2. Build another plan for the second major/concentration.
  3. If you can complete the required courses for both majors in fewer than 140 units, complete a Second Major or Concentration Request. Follow all steps on the form.

Second Major Policy: Students may earn a bachelor’s degree with two majors by completing the requirements for both programs. Although both majors appear on the permanent record, the student receives one degree.

Students may request a second major only if they meet the following criteria:

  1. They file a major contract with each major program by the time they have completed 90 units.
  2. The major contracts demonstrate that they can graduate with both majors completed in fewer than 140 total units.

Students who choose to complete a second major and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and dean.

For information on pursuing two degrees, please see Second Bachelor’s Degree in the Academic Policies section of the HSU catalog.

Declare a minor

Complete a Minor Declaration/Update Form

Minor Policy: Students are generally prohibited from earning a major and minor from the same degree program. Exceptions can be made in combinations in which: 1) at least 9 units required for the minor are not already required for the major. In cases where there are “options” within the minor or major, a student must take options such that at least 9 units for the minor are not counted towards the major, and 2) the major and minor must be distinctly different programs.

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