Contact and Process Information for UCSC Majors

Each major/minor advising office has a process for declaring. See the information below and/or the department web site for process information. If you are planning a major/minor or double major program, you will go through both programs' processes. Students who need an adjustment/extension of their expected graduation term will also go to their college (see college processes link at left).

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    Anthropology

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Molly Segale

    PROCESS NOTES: The Anthropology Department offers advising and assistance with the declaration of major process on a drop-in basis Monday - Thursday, 9-12 and 1-4, in 361 Social Sciences 1. Please come in during these times to speak with an Anthropology Peer Adviser or with the Undergraduate Adviser.

    See instructions for declaring Anthropology.

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  • Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism

  • Department Website (Administered through the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics)

    CONTACT: Lisa Leslie

    PROCESS NOTES: The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics offers advising and assistance with the declaration of major process on a drop-in basis M-TH, 9:15-11:30AM; T/TH, 1:15-3:15PM (by appointment only), in 218 Cowell College, appointments are recommended. Please come in during these times to speak with the Undergraduate Adviser. Instructions for declaring Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism can be found on the department website.

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  • Art

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Jude Pipes

    PROCESS NOTES: Students may drop in during advising hours (Monday-Thursday 8:00 - 12:00 and 1:30 - 4:00) to declare the major at any point in the quarter.  No appointment is necessary.  A study plan will be provided to the student.

    ENTERING FROSH: Meet with the Art Adviser at orientation or before the first day of class to fill out a study plan and be eligible to enroll in REQUIRED lower division foundation classes.

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  • Art & Design: Games & Playable Media

  • Program Website

    CONTACT:  Juan Morales-Rocha

    PROCESS NOTESPrior to declaring the major, students must meet requirements outlined in the Major PlannerStudents may drop in to declare the major at any point in the quarter.  Appointments are recommended but not required. A study plan will be provided to the student if desired.


  • Biology

  • The Biology BA and Biology BS are administered by the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology departments respectively.

     

    for BA use eebadvising@ucsc.edu, for BS use mcdadvising@ucsc.edu
    PROGRAM WEBSITE CONTACT EMAIL
    Biology BA:  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  eebadvising@ucsc.edu
    Biology BS: Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology  mcdadvising@ucsc.edu

     

    PROCESS NOTES: Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare their single major using the online Petition to Declare (declare BA or declare BS). Students who are declaring a double major, or major and minor, can declare their major during drop-in advising hours or make an appointment to meet with an adviser to declare.

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  • Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Physical and Biological Sciences Website

    Chemistry & Biochemistry Website

    CONTACT: chemistryadvising@ucsc.edu

    PROCESS NOTES:  Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare their single major using the online Petition to Declare.

    Students who are declaring a double major, or minor should make an appointment with the advisor or attend drop in advising hours to review process and next steps. 
     
    Refer to our website for advising hours.

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  • Classical Studies

  • (See History)


  • Cognitive Science

  • PROCESS NOTES:  Students must meet qualification requirements before declaring the major.
    To declare the major, students may attend drop-in advising and complete the paperwork with a peer adviser.  Drop-in advising is available Monday-Thursday 9-12 and 1-4.

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  • Community Studies

  • Program Website

    CONTACT: Program Manager

    PROCESS NOTES: Please see prerequisites for declaring the major.

    As part of the declaration process, students must meet with the program director and/or staff advisor to review their academic plan for the major, including discussion of field study possibilities and appropriate courses to meet topical requirements.

    Students must submit their approved academic plan and declaration petition to the program adviser. A worksheet outlining the instructions for declaring is available on the website.

    Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm.

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  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

  • Program Website

    CONTACT: Shauntay Larkins, 831-459-2757

    PROCESS NOTES: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies: View the CRES website for major reqs., etc. To declare the major, make an appointment with Shauntay Larkins (cres@ucsc.edu).

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  • Earth & Planetary Sciences

  • Physical and Biological Sciences Website

    Earth Sciences Website

    CONTACT: EPS Advising

    PROCESS NOTES:  Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare their single major using the online Petition to Declare.

    Students who are declaring a double major, or major and minor, can declare their major during drop in advising hours or make an appointment to meet with an advisor to declare.  Refer to the Physical and Biological Sciences web site for advisement hours. 

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  • East Asian Studies (Minor)

  • (See History)


  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: eebadvising@ucsc.edu

    PROCESS NOTES: Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare their single major using the online Petition to Declare. Students who are declaring a double major, or major and minor, can declare their major during drop-in advising hours or make an appointment to meet with an adviser to declare. Refer to the Physical and Biological Sciences website for advisement hours.  

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  • Economics

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Lisa Morgan and Inga Nikodem-Tromba

    PROCESS NOTES: Declaration sessions are mandatory for those seeking to declare the major/minor. If you cannot attend a workshop, you must meet with a peer advisor first before obtaining signatures from an advisor.  Peer advisors are typically available during department drop-in advising hours, which are M-F 9am-12 and 1-3pm. Workshop times, dates and drop-in hours are available on-line, on our bulletin board outside the office and in the department office. Candidates must meet major qualifications listed on our website prior to declaring. All are advised to bring in verification of their grades, which can be printed off the student portal, to the declaration of major advising session. Students who do not bring in verification of their grades could have the approval of their petition for major declaration delayed by up to two working days.

    **Drop-In Advising Hours**
    Monday-Friday 9am-12 and 1-3pm.

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  • Education (minor)

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Education Department

    PROCESS NOTES: To declare a minor in Education, students must be enrolled in or have completed EDUC 60. To declare a STEM minor in education, students must apply through Cal Teach and be enrolled in or have completed EDUC 50 (CalTeach1). In addition, students must attend a Minor Declaration Workshop.

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  • Engineering, School of

  • School of Engineering Website

    CONTACT: SOE Advising

    PROCESS NOTES: See the School of Engineering's Instructions for declaring a major.

    The School of Engineering advising office is open for express advising Monday - Friday, 1:30-4:00 p.m. in Baskin Engineering, room 225. If you have questions please email: advising@soe.ucsc.edu.

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  • Environmental Studies

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Riri Shibata

    PROCESS NOTES: Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare a major in the Environmental Studies department, by first attending a mandatory Declaration Workshop held during weeks 2-4 of each quarter only.

    Students can email questions to envsadvising@ucsc.eduWalk-in advisement hours are also available.

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  • Feminist Studies

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Anne Eickelberg831-459-1478.

    PROCESS NOTES: View the FMST website for major reqs., etc. To declare the major, make an appointment with Anne Eickelberg.

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  • Film and Digital Media

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Film and Digital Media Department

    PROCESS NOTES: Please see major qualification requirements.
     
    Pre-Major Students who have completed the pre-major qualification requirement are eligible to declare the Film and Digital Media pre-major. Eligible students are directed to attend a group pre-major/major declaration workshop. At these workshops, students learn more about the program and map out a study plan for finishing the major. When students in the pre-major complete their second lower division course, they are automatically admitted to the major and are not required to attend another declaration workshop.

    Major Students who do not declare the pre-major are eligible to declare the Film and Digital Media major after completing major qualification requirement. Eligible students are directed to attend a group pre-major/major declaration workshop. (see pre-major)

    Once students are eligible to declare the Film and Digital Media pre-major or major, they can download the petition to declare and the academic planning form. Students must bring both forms to one of the quarterly declaration meetings led by the Film and Digital Media undergraduate adviser.
     
    A schedule of declaration meetings are posted at the beginning of every quarter at the announcements page on the  Film and Digital Media website.

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  • History

  • Department Website

    CLASSICAL STUDIES

    EAST ASIAN STUDIES (minor)

    HISTORY

    JEWISH STUDIES

    CONTACT: Stephanie Sawyer

    PROCESS NOTES: Students should consult each program's webpage for declaration instructions. For those seeking to declare a history minor, declaration instructions are posted on the History website.

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  • History of Art and Visual Culture

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Audrey Vosseler

    PROCESS NOTES: Students are encouraged to visit the HAVC website for more information about the program. Specific information about the HAVC major and minor is available. Prior to declaring the major, students must meet requirements.

    Students who are eligible to declare the HAVC major or minor may make an appointment or visit during drop-in hours to complete an Academic Planning form with the undergraduate adviser. Students will then be referred to a HAVC faculty adviser to complete the declaration process.

    Declaration forms (Petition for Major/Minor and Academic Planning) are available in the HAVC department office, Porter D201.

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  • History of Consciousness

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Margaret Wuerth, 831-459-2461.

    PROCESS NOTES: View the History of Consciousness minor requirements, etc. To declare the minor, make an appointment with Margaret Wuerth.

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  • Jewish Studies

  • (See History)


  • Latin American and Latino Studies

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: LALS Advising

    PROCESS NOTES: In order to declare LALS, students should 1) pass one LALS course, and then 2) follow instructions to declare online or meet with the LALS Undergraduate Advisor. Please direct any questions to the LALS Undergraduate Advisor.

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  • Legal Studies

  • Program Website

    CONTACT: Legal Studies Advising

    PROCESS NOTES: Students must take prerequisite courses prior to declaring the major.

    Once the course requirement is met, students complete the Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and the Legal Studies Worksheet for the Major (forms available outside Merrill 23) and sign up for a declaration of major workshop on the bulletin board near Merrill 23. Last, students meet with the undergraduate adviser to formally declare the major. 

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  • Linguistics/Language Studies

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Gwyn Vandevere

    PROCESS NOTES: See qualification policy and requirements prior to declaring.  Once the course requirement is met, students are required to attend a Declaration and Orientation Session, held in the first month of each quarter. Invitations to sign up for a declaration session are sent out by the first week of the quarter to all proposed majors through the Slug Success system. Students who have completed the qualifying courses and have not received an invitation by Week 2, may contact the department advisor for assistance.

    Students who have already declared another major may declare the linguistics or language studies minor at any time, by meeting with the department advisor. Please bring a completed academic planning form, signed by your major advisor, and your completed Petition for Major Declaration to the meeting for the minor declaration.

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  • Literature

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Literature Department Advising, (831) 459-4778

    PROCESS NOTES: See Literature's Declaration of major procedures.

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  • Mathematics

  • Mathematics Website

    CONTACT: mathadvising@ucsc.edu

    PROCESS NOTES:  Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare their single major using the online Petition to Declare.

    Students who are declaring a double major, or major and minor, can declare their major during drop in advising hours or make an appointment to meet with the advisor to declare. Refer to the Mathematics web site for advisement hours.

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  • Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: mcdadvising@ucsc.edu

    PROCESS NOTES: Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare their single major using the online Petition to Declare. Students who are declaring a double major, or major and minor, can declare their major during drop-in advising hours or make an appointment to meet with an adviser to declare. Refer to the Physical and Biological Sciences webset for advisement hours.  

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  • Music

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Cory Graves-Montalbano

    PROCESS NOTES: Advising is by appointment. Students must meet the major declaration requirements prior to declaring. Students need to have a Primary Instrument Instruction Authorization form signed by their Applied Lesson Instructor, as well as the Petition for Declaration of Major/Minor form. Students are required to see a Music Faculty Adviser.

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  • Philosophy

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Philosophy Advising

    PROCESS NOTES: View the Philosophy major requirements on the department webpage.

    To declare the major, come to walk-in advising hours or make an appointment by contacting philadvi@ucsc.edu or (831)459-2070.

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  • Physics

  • Physics Website

    CONTACT: Physics Advising

    PROCESS NOTES:  Students who meet the qualification policy criteria may declare their single major using the online Petition to Declare.

    Students who are declaring a double major, or major and minor, can declare their major during drop in advising hours or make an appointment to meet with an advisor to declare.  Refer to the Physics Department website for advisement hours.

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  • Politics

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Politics Advising

    PROCESS NOTES: Students must meet major declaration requirements prior to declaring the major.

    Once the coursework requirement is met, students must complete the Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and the Department of Politics Worksheet for the Major (forms available outside Merrill 23) and sign up for a declaration of major workshop on bulletin board near Merrill 23. Last, students meet with the undergraduate adviser to formally declare the major.  

    Transfer students entering with successfully completed Politics courses from other institutions need to contact the department undergraduate adviser.

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  • Psychology

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Psychology Advising

    PROCESS NOTES:  Students must meet qualification requirements prior to declaring the major.

    To declare the major, students may attend drop-in advising and complete the paperwork with a peer adviser, attend a major declaration workshop, or book an appointment with an Undergraduate Advisor.  Drop-in advising is available Monday-Thursday 9-12 and 1-4.

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  • Sociology

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Tina Cossaboom

    PROCESS NOTES: To declare the major, students must attend a Major Declaration Workshop. Students must meet the lower division major qualification requirements prior to declaring their major or minor. For more information about the declaration workshops, process, or to sign up for a workshop, please see our declaration page.

    To declare the minor, students can just meet with the Undergraduate Advisor during drop in hours.

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  • Spanish Studies

  • Department Website (Administered through the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics)

    CONTACT: Lisa Leslie

    PROCESS NOTES: The Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics offers advising and assistance with the declaration of major process on a drop-in basis M-TH, 9:15-11:30AM; T/TH, 1:15-3:15PM (by appointment only), in 218 Cowell College, appointments are recommended. Please come in during these times to speak with the Undergraduate Adviser. See Instructions for declaring Spanish Studies.

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  • Theater Arts

  • Department Website

    CONTACT: Moon Rinaldo

    PROCESS NOTES: To declare the Theater Arts major, Theater Arts minor, or Dance minor, students first meet with the department academic advisor by making an appointment through Slug Success. More information, including a link to our detailed Undergraduate Handbook can be found on our Advising page. The department office is located in room J106, Theater Arts Center.

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