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Declaring or Changing a Major

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The College of the Liberal Arts requires students to gain entrance into a major at the beginning of either the student’s third or fourth semester and no later than prior to the beginning of the fifth semester classification. A student who fails to gain entrance to a major prior to the fifth-semester classification may be required to disenroll from the college at the discretion of the dean. (policy 54-56.1)


In order to declare a major, students must meet the following criteria:

  • 29.1 credits completed
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • 2.00 GPA in courses completed toward the major

In addition to the above criteria, students interested in Psychology must fulfill the following additional requirements prior to declaring this major:

  • PSYCH 100 completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • STAT 200/PSYCH 200 completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • 3 credits of GQ (not including STAT 200) completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • 3 credits of GS (not including PSYCH 002) completed with a grade of "C" or better

In addition to the above criteria, students interested in Economics must fulfill the following additional requirements prior to declaring this major:

  • ECON 102 completed with a grade of "C" or better
  • ECON 104 completed with a grade of "C" or better

These criteria can generally be met in the first year of study. To begin the declaration/change of major process a student must:

  • Meet with an adviser in that department to review the requirements and obtain signature on the change of major form.
  • Your adviser will forward the form to Student Services.
  • Students will receive an e-mail message to their Penn State access account when this change has been processed.
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