Choosing and Declaring a Major
Completing at least one major is a requirement for a Queens College bachelor’s degree and is one of the most important decisions in your life. The Academic Advising Center assists undeclared and undecided students in a number of different ways, which include individual advising sessions, decision-making exercises in the First-Year Planning Programs, and through the Sophomore Initiative Program and its ‘Milestones’ Workshops. Additionally, the Academic Advising Center co-sponsors the college’s Major/Minor Information Fair, which brings together academic departments, honors programs, and support services to help undeclared/undecided students explore and choose majors and minors.
When should you declare a major?
It is strongly advised that students declare a major(s) ideally before, but no later than, the end of the sophomore year, which is around completion of the 60th credit, to ensure timely completion of the QC bachelor’s degree. Majors at Queens College range from 30 to 92 credits.
Special note: Financial aid requires that students declare their majors by the completion of the 60th credit. In addition, registered coursework must be applicable to specific QC degree requirements, which include the general education curriculum and major (minors, while optional, are also covered as are electives if they are needed to reach the 120 credits). Students who do not comply may lose their financial support. Please see an academic advisor should you have any questions about this issue or require further explanation.
How do you declare a major?
Declaration/change/addition of most* majors/minors/concentrations is now done using the following form
is to be used by matriculated undergraduate
students only. After you have completed all the information requested and obtained the appropriate departmental signatures, please return this form
to the QC Hub in the Dining Hall, room 128. Departments that required copy of this form should make a copy of it before returning it to the student.
*Business Administration, Graphic Design, Neuroscience, Speech Pathology, Music, BFA-Studio Arts, and Elementary Education/Professional Sequence require an application or have special requirements. The Economics Department asks interested students to file also through its departmental website. The Accounting Department has additional steps for declaration. Please see a department representative for further information and proper procedures.
By declaring a major, you will:
- Be able to meet with a faculty advisor and become eligible for other departmental services, including (if applicable) pre-registration for courses, as well as departmental events. You will also receive mailings, emails, and important information directly from the department(s).
- Become aware of the requirements for a major early in the baccalaureate process, thus allowing you more time to smoothly fulfill (often sequential!) requirements.
- Protect yourself against any future changes in major requirements.
Once you have declared a major, it is important to meet regularly with a faculty advisor. You are responsible for becoming familiar with the requirements of your major and the expectations and responsibilities for completing it.
Where can you locate information about major requirements?
- The Queens College Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF online) lists all the departments in alphabetical order, the requirements for each major, and the descriptions of all courses offered.
- Many departments publish extensive departmental handbooks and/or have websites that provide detailed information about majors, career opportunities, faculty research, and special/honors programs.
- Faculty members are wonderful resources. They can give you insight into their disciplines and advice based on personal experiences and expertise. Contact departments to find out about office hours and areas of interest and research. DON’T BE SHY ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION. Make an appointment to visit with a faculty member!
- The Office of Career Development and Internships (Frese Hall 213, (718) 997-4465) offers many services designed to help you connect your interests, abilities, goals, and realities to major selection and internship opportunities. You can also use a self-guided, computerized, assessment tool to clarify your interests and values and relate them to majors and careers.
- The Academic Advising Center staff (Kiely 217, (718) 997-5599) is available to discuss how the college’s majors fit into your overall college curriculum and degree progress. The center and its website have many publications and guides that may assist you in this process.