Qualify for a Major

Did you know that students are required to be declared in a major before enrolling for their third year (or equivalent); or as a junior transfer student, before the deadline in their second quarter at UCSC?

It is important to inform yourself of the declaration process for your major(s) because deadlines and policies can vary for each major. To be on track to declare on time, you need to:

  • Determine the qualification criteria for your major(s) (e.g. courses and grades required to be allowed to declare). You need to complete the qualification courses prior to your sixth quarter of enrollment (for transfer students, before your second quarter).

  • Review the major program information in the UCSC General Catalog.

  • Visit the major advisor to develop a plan to complete the qualificaton requirements.

  • If you have questions about major qualification or about developing a qualification plan, be sure to consult with the advisor for the major you intend to pursue.

Are you ready? The earlier you plan and declare your major, the more time you have to enrich your academic experience with opportunities such as study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, and field study; not to mention graduate on time without any surprises!

If you are able to declare this quarter, do so immediately with your major department or advising office. Be aware that some majors have special deadlines, require workshops, or other advising.

If you are expected to declare this quarter but are unable to declare, you will have a hold placed on your enrollment during advising week. The college will either lift or maintain the hold depending on the outcome of your petition to declare, they may also add additional hold removal conditions. If you find yourself in this situation please make arrangements to talk with your college advisor as soon as possible.

Remember, both your college and intended major advisors are available to help. After conducting your own research to develop a plan, feel free to reach out for help if you have questions.