Major Changes

Undergraduate students who wish to request a major change must file the appropriate form with the Office of the Registrar, SBS 133. The required signatures must be obtained from the department before the forms are filed. Some departments may have additional requirements.

Graduate students should contact the Office of Academic Programs & Undergraduate/Graduate Studies, SH 217A for information on changing their major.

Forms for requesting a change of major, or requesting a second major, are available from the Office of the Registrar, or online at www.humboldt.edu/registrar/forms.

Major Change Policy: Students are not permitted to change majors after they have earned 90 units, unless the new major can be completed in less than 140 total units. Students changing majors after having earned 90 units are required to complete a new major contract before completing additional units beyond 90. Students who choose to change majors and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and dean.

Double Major

Students may earn a bachelor’s degree with two majors by completing the requirements for both programs. Although both majors appear on the permanent record, the student receives one degree.

Students may request a second major only if they meet the following criteria:

  1. They file a major contract with each major program by the time they have completed 90 units.
  2. The major contracts demonstrate that they can graduate with both majors completed in fewer than 140 total units.

Students who choose to complete a second major and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and dean.

For information on pursuing two degrees, please see Second Bachelor’s Degree in the Academic Policies section of the HSU catalog.

Declaring a Minor

Requests for declaring minors are made by filling out a Minor Declaration/Update form obtained online at www.humboldt.edu/registrar/forms or from the Office of the Registrar, SBS 133.

Students are generally prohibited from earning a major and minor from the same degree program. Exceptions can be made in combinations in which: 1) at least 9 units required for the minor are not already required for the major. In cases where there are “options” within the minor or major, a student must take options such that at least 9 units for the minor are not counted towards the major, and 2) the major and minor must be distinctly different programs.