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Declaring a Major

In general, all applications for year-long study or study in either semester of the junior year must be submitted in early December. Therefore, it is imperative that students contemplating study abroad declare a major as early in the sophomore year as possible. The earlier the major is declared, the more time the student has to think about the ramifications of study abroad and discuss the various issues in detail with the major adviser.

Some departments and faculty members may be unable to extend the necessary help late in the semester. Therefore, check with the department in question, pick up any information they might have available, and declare your major early. Interdepartmental and Multidisciplinary programs have lengthier declaration periods as student proposals must be approved by a committee. Please indicate if your major falls into this category. Sometimes it is difficult to have such a major declared by mid-December. Consideration of a correlate sequence or a second major can wait until after the study abroad application deadline. It can even be declared in the second semester or after returning to campus from study abroad.