Declare or Change

Majors & Minors


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What is your request?

All requests have a processing time between 3-5 business days and is effective either the current term or the following term. To be effective for the current term, requests must be processed by the end of the 2nd week of the term. If you have any questions about any process, contact our office.

Are you currently a CLA student?
Yes, I am!

Are you currently a non-CLA student?
Yes, I am!

You are welcome to schedule an appointment with a CLA Departmental Representative or a CLA Professional Academic Advisor to discuss your ideas, plans and answer questions.

I am a CLA student
and want to declare, drop or change something within CLA.


DECLARING

  • DECLARING any of the following in CLA requires at least two tentatively planned terms online in Grad Planner with the application:
    • DECLARE DUAL DEGREE: If you have a declared BA and want to add a different degree (BS, BBA, BAS, etc), submit the Dual Degree form to the appropriate UMD Advising office.
    • DECLARE SECOND MAJOR: If you have a declared BA and want to add a second CLA major, which is also a 'BA', complete the Declare CLA Major paper form. 
  • DECLARE MINOR: Submit your request through the CLA online form.
  • DECLARE CERTIFICATE: Complete the online application form when you register for the last class in the certificate you are pursuing.

I want to declare a program not offered within CLA.

  • RESEARCH: Search the UMD Catalog to find the collegiate unit that offers the program you seek.
  • ADVISING: Visit the Advising office within the UMD collegiate unit to learn how to declare the program outside of CLA.
  • CHANGE COLLEGES: If you want to switch from CLA to another collegiate unit at UMD, submit the Change of College form to the appropriate  UMD Advising office.

DROPPING

CHANGING advisor or requirement year

I am not a CLA student
and want to declare, drop or change something within CLA.

PREPARING

  • RESEARCH: Search the UMD Catalog to find which collegiate unit offers the program you seek.
  • ADVISING: Visit the appropriate UMD Advising office offering the program you seek if you have questions.

DECLARING

  • DECLARING any of the following in CLA requires at least two tentatively planned terms online in Grad Planner with the application:
    • DECLARE DUAL DEGREE: (Example) If you have a declared BS and want to add a BA or other degree, submit the Dual Degree application.
    • CHANGE COLLEGES: If you want to change your collegiate unit to CLA, submit the Change of College application.
    • DECLARE SECOND MAJOR: If you have a declared BA and want to add a second major which is also a 'BA', visit the appropriate UMD Advising office offering the second major about the process.
      • Scenario: If you are a declared BA in either LSBE, SCSE or SFA and want to add a second major which is also a 'BA' housed in CLA, complete the Declare CLA Major paper form.
  • DECLARE MINOR: Submit your request through the CLA online form.
  • DECLARE CERTIFICATE: Complete the online application form when you register for the last class in the certificate you are pursuing.

DROPPING

  • DROP CLA MAJOR:
    • Example A: Student's primary unit is LSBE with a Marketing BBA and CLA is the secondary unit with a German Studies BA. Student wants to drop the BA. The Dual Degree form is required to drop the BA. Form is turned into CLA Advising.
    • Example B: Student's primary unit is CLA with a Sociology BA and CEHSP is the secondary unit with a Psychology BAS. Student wants to drop the BA and keep the BAS. The Dual Degree form is required. Now CEHSP with the BAS will be the primary unit.

CHANGING advisor or requirement year

CLA Departmental Representatives
Meeting with a departmental representative provides students with the opportunity to create a strong connection to the department and mentoring relationship.

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Department

Representative

American Indian Studies

(Tribal Administration & Governance)

American Indian Studies - Jill Doerfler

Tribal Administration & Governance - Joseph Bauerkemper

Anthropology, Sociology & Criminology
(Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

* MINORS: African & African American St; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer St

Scott Vollum *

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - Njoki Kamau

Communication

(Journalism)

Communication - Aaron Boyson, Ed Downs, Rebecca de Souza, Hairong Feng, Ryan Goei, David Gore, Jacquelyn Harvey, Elizabeth Nelson, Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Michael Pfau, Mike Sunnafrank

Journalism – John Hatcher, Chris Julin, Jennifer Moore

English, Linguistics & Writing Studies

* MINORS: Professional Writing; Digital Writing, Literature & Design

English - Evan Brier

Linguistics – William Salmon

Writing Studies – David Beard, Liz Wright

Geography & Philosophy
(Cognitive Science, Geographic Information Science, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Certificate: Geographic Information Science

Environment, Sustainability & Geography – Pat Farrell (GEOG), Randy Hanson (ES), Mike Mageau (ES), Adam Pine (URS), Tongxin Zhu (GEOG)

Geographic Information Science– Laure Charleux, Ryan Bergstrom

Philosophy - Alexis Elder, Jason Ford (COG), Bob Schroer, Jeanine Weekes Schroer, Sean Walsh

Interdisciplinary Studies - Katie Van Wert

History, Political Science & International Studies

Certificate: Museum Studies

History - Natalie Belsky (Russian), Qiang Fang (Asian), Scott Laderman (American), Gideon Mailer (American), Steven Matthews (Europe), Jeffrey Rop (Ancient & Medieval), Steffan Spencer (African), Rosemary Stanfield-Johnson (Middle East), Dave Woodward (Museum Studies)

Political Science – Cindy Rugeley
International Studies – Mary Caprioli

World Languages & Cultures
(Cultural Entrepreneurship)

French Studies – Dana Lindaman
German Studies – Kristen Hylenski
Hispanic Studies – Maureen Tobin Stanley
Latin American Studies – Jennifer Gomez Menjivar
Chinese Area Studies – Weiqing Zhang
Cultural Entrepreneurship – Aparna Katre

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* Initial contact person.