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SF State has a number of policies concerning the changing of majors. Please review the following procedures:
New Admits Declaring a Major:
SF State freshmen admits must declare a major by the time they complete 70 units; students who enter SF State as junior- or senior-level transfer students must declare a major by the end of their first semester of enrollment at SF State. Students who do not declare their major will no longer be granted priority in Gator Reg.
New Requirements Beginning Spring 2011:
Both lower and upper division students requesting a change of major to an impacted program must meet the supplemental requirements required for that major. Requests to declare impacted majors must be received by the end of the initial filing period for the term for which new majors are being accepted. Continuing students who have earned 96 units or more may not apply to an impacted major. List of impacted majors.
The change of major time period for all non-impacted majors to submit their request to a department is during the following time periods: For Fall term: August 1-October 1; for Spring term: January 1-March 1.
Lower-Division Students Non-Impacted Majors
Department must accept changes of major for continuing lower-division student who have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and minimum grade of C in specified pre-requisite courses during the change of major time periods.
Upper-Division Students Non-Impacted Majors
Department may determine a number of units that must be completed with a minimum grade of C for the upper-division student to declare their major or a department may specify (normally lower division) courses that must be completed with minimum grades of C for the upper-division student to declared. The department may not limit enrollment in such courses to majors only.
Changing a Major for Seniors With 96 or More Units
Continuing students who have earned 96 units or more may not apply to an impacted major. See list of impacted majors. Students with 96 or more units can only change to a non-impacted major if they can show that they will be able to complete their new major by the time they reach 120-132 units, depending on the major. A departmental-approved Change/Declaration of Major after Accruing 96 Units must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office.
Adding a Second Major
A student can only add a second major if they can complete both majors within the minimum units required to graduate (120-132 units, depending on the majors). They must complete a Request to Add a Second Major and submit to the Registrar’s Office for review. Note: Please allow 4 to 6 weeks processing time.
Adding a Minor
Students may elect to complete a minor if it is possible to complete the minor and major within 120 units. Like a major, the minor is a focused area of study; however, a minor does not require as many units. Currently, at SF State, only the Journalism major requires a minor to earn a bachelor's degree.
Choose the form for the category that currently applies to you:
- Changing Major with less than 96 units completed
- Changing Major (all majors) with 96 units or more completed
- Adding a Secondary Major (all majors) before or after accruing 96 units
- Changing/Adding Minor