Declaring your Major or Minor

Students must declare a major by the 9th week in the 2nd semester of their sophomore year. If you are a 2nd semester sophomore by credits only (i.e. you transferred in a number of credits) you should consider declaring a major as soon as possible to stay on track to graduate.

Students who will be abroad their 2nd semester of their sophomore year or first semester of their junior year, please be sure to take care of this prior to your study abroad so that you can have enough time to get to know your advisor before your departure.

During the application process, stating your desired course of study is not the same thing as declaring your major. To declare your major, you must meet with a faculty in the Program of interest. They can provide more information on the major requirements and answer any questions regarding the field of study. They will assist you in assigning a faculty advisor who will guide you through the completion of the major requirements and help you graduate on time.

How to declare or change your major or minor

  1. Student should locate the program coordinator for their new major, minor, or concentration.
  2. The student will then contact the program coordinator to request a new major, minor, or concentration.
  3. Program coordinators will complete the declaration, using the link in myGoucher, Request to Change Student Major, Minor, or Concentration. Please note that the form should not be completed by students. 
  4. The declaration form will display the student’s current primary major, secondary major, primary minor, secondary minor, and concentration, and current advisors.
  5. The program coordinator will select the new major, minor, or concentration and select the advisor.
  6. The declaration form will log the transaction into a database and send an email message to associateprovost@goucher.edu with information provided by the program coordinator.
  7. The Associate Provost’s office will review and process the request (major/minor/concentration and advisor assignment). The information will be entered onto your academic record and appear on your transcript.

Please know that majors and minors can be changed at any time. If your interests change you should contact the new program to start the process again.

How to delete your major, minor, or concentration

  • Students should select Delete Major, Minor, or Concentration from the Student Links section of myGoucher.
  • The web application will show the student’s current:
    • Primary Major
    • Secondary Major
    • Primary Minor
    • Secondary Minor
    • Concentration
  • The student can select one or more to delete.
  • If a student only has one major, they will not be able to delete the major. Instead the student should submit a request to change their existing major.
  • The web application will log the transaction into a database and send an email message to associateprovost@goucher.edu with information provided by the student.
  • The Associate Provost’s office will review the student’s request and then the deletion will be processed. 

What if I’m not ready to declare a major?

Pre-Major Academic Advising: All incoming first-year students are assigned a Pre-Major Academic Advisor. Your Pre-Major Academic Advisor will help you develop an academic plan of study, connect you to program coordinators, and guide you in a process of self-discovery that will ultimately lead you to declare a major. Visit the Advising Resources page for more information.

Pre-Major advisors offer major exploration appointments for their advisees. During major exploration appointments, students will:

  • Discuss courses of interest
  • Investigate majors and minors offered at Goucher to see what opportunities are available.
  • Explore the DegreeWorks “what if” function to review a major and see what courses you would need to complete, and what courses you have already taken.

The Career Education Office (CEO) would be happy to talk with you about how major choice may connect to career options.  You can also view our major information.

Benefits of declaring your major or minor

  • Declaring your major will help you stay on track to graduate and ensure that you take all the required courses. Once you declare your major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in that major. Together you will work on a plan to complete your degree requirements and learn more about opportunities related to your field of interest such as study abroad and internships.
  • Some programs require that you declare the major in order to take certain courses.

What is an IIM major?

If you are thinking of declaring an Individualized Interdisciplinary Major, that process requires early and specific planning in order to fulfill all of the degree requirements. It involves combining three (3) academic areas of interest.  You will be assigned a faculty advisor for each of the academic disciplines of study. Please contact the IIM director to begin this process.