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Students must officially declare a major before they can graduate from SDSU. You will be held to major requirements in the General Catalog that are in effect at the time you declare your major.

Declaring/Changing Your Major

The same form and process is used to declare a major or minor, or change your existing major or minor. You cannot change your major status to "undeclared."

  1. Obtain a "Declaration of Major or Minor" form from either Office of the Registrar or the Office of Advising and Evaluations.
  2. Complete your student information and take the form to the department of the major or minor you wish to declare. They will fill out the rest of the information and provide you with the major/minor code.
  3. Return the form to the Office of the Registrar.

Note: You may change your major as often as you wish; however, every change of major involves new requirements and a potential delay in graduation.

Premajor Status

Many of the academic programs at SDSU are in very high demand and are designated as "impacted" programs. If you apply to an impacted major, you will first be admitted as a "pre-major." You must meet a specific set of requirements before you can be admitted to the major. These requirements generally include lower division courses in preparation for the major, minimum unit requirements, and GPA requirements.

When to Declare a Major

SDSU requires that you declare a major when you achieve 70 units. If you have not declared a major by 70 units, you will receive a registration hold.

You are responsible for the preparation for the major and the upper-division major requirements in the catalog at the time you declare a major. Therefore, the sooner you declare a major, the more direction you have in meeting your graduation requirements. If you are having trouble choosing a major, visit Career Services.

Major Requirements

Meeting specific requirements in your major is one of the nine graduation requirements. Refer to the General Catalog in effect at the time you declare your major for details.

Note: Do not take classes CR/NC (credit/no credit) if they are required for your intended major.