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 sooner than your peers 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 before the end of the semester 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 the Department you are interested in.  They can tell you more about what courses the major requires and answer any questions you might have about this field of study.  They will assist you in assigning an advisor in that department to help you stay on track with the major requirements to help you graduate on time. 

How to declare or change your major or minor

With this form you can.

  • To declare or change a major and/or minor, meet with the contact person for that major & then the Center Director of that program to be assigned an advisor. 
  • To delete a major or a minor, write that information on the bottom of the form & sign it

The form then is turned into the Associate Provost’s office (VM G24) and will processed.  You will be notified when this change has been made.

These permissions can be added to the Declaration of major form and once complete that form is turned into the Associate Provost’s office located in VM G25.  The information will be entered onto your academic record and will then appear on your transcript.

Please know that majors and minors can be changed at any time, so should your interests change you just need to contact the new department to start the process again.

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

  • Investigate majors and minors offered & their requirements at Goucher to see what opportunities are available and by contacting the contact person for that major.
  • In your DegreeWorks, you can also “try on” a major via the “what if” function and see what courses you would need to complete, and if you have already taken some courses you can see how far along you already are in the major or minor.  (*this function only works for students who entered Goucher College after Fall 2017.)

Have you already finished part of the major?  Are the courses listed interesting?

  • Visit the Career Education Office (CEO) for help more information about declaring your major, or see the major information.
  • Did a class you took really interest you?  Oftentimes, students develop an interest in a major based on a class they had and can take another class or speak to the professor for more information about that major.

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 an advisor in that major that you will work with closely.
  • Some courses 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 is more complicated (but not impossible) than the other majors. Please contact the IIM chair to begin this process.