Declare a Major or Minor

Declaring A Major

Freshmen

  1. All freshmen in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences are classified as “pre-major.”
  2. In spring of their freshman year, students meet with their academic advisor to declare their major.

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

  1. Obtain a Declaration of First Major or Declaration of Second Major form in the Office of Academic Advising or Office of the Registrar.
  2. Identify the director of undergraduate study (DUS) for the major you wish to declare.
  3. Arrange a meeting with the DUS. (In some large majors, students will be asked to meet with a staff coordinator to declare the major.)
  4. At this meeting, you will discuss your plans for future courses and be matched with a faculty advisor. Be sure bring the Declaration of Major Form to the meeting and have it completed.
  5. If you are a sophomore or a junior, take the completed form to the Office of the Registrar for entry in SIS. If you are a senior, you must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor and submit the completed form for the major to the advisor.

Declaring A Minor

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

  1. Get a Declaration of Minor Form in the Office of Academic Advising or Office of the Registrar.
  2. Identify the director of undergraduate study (DUS) for the minor you wish to declare.
  3. Arrange a meeting with the DUS. (In some large minors, students will be asked to meet with a staff coordinator to declare the minor.)
  4. At this meeting, you will discuss your plans for future courses and might be matched with a faculty advisor (not all minors match students with a faculty advisor). Be sure bring the form to the meeting and have it completed.
  5. If you are a sophomore or a junior, take the completed form to the Office of the Registrar for entry in SIS. If you are a senior, you must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor and submit the completed form for the minor to the advisor.