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.
How do you declare a major?
Declaration/change/addition of most* majors/minors/concentrations is now done using the following form.
*The following majors require an application and/or have entrance requirements and/or other processes: Biochemistry; Business Administration (BBA majors include Actuarial Studies, Corporate Finance, and International Business); Chemistry; Design; Communication Sciences & Disorders; Elementary Education/Professional Sequence; Music; Neuroscience; Secondary Education; and Studio Art-BFA. There are also minors that require application/entrance criteria. The Economics Department requests that students interested in Economics also file through its departmental website. The Accounting Department has additional steps to declare. Please see Department representatives for further information and proper procedures.
- 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.
- 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 Center for Career Engagement 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 has many publications and guides that may assist you in this process.