Declare, Drop, or Change

What is your request?

Requests have a processing time of 3-5 business days and are effective for 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. Requests made after the end of the second week will be processed for the next semester. If you have any questions about any process, contact our office.

Preparing to Declare

Declare a CLA Major:

  • For current CLA students who want to change to a different CLA major: Complete the CLA Major Change form
    • This is also the correct form if you want to declare an additional major of the same degree type (adding a BA when you already have a BA, or BFA + BFA, or BMus + BMus)
    • Exception: To declare a Cultural Entrepreneurship major, submit your application on the following Google form.
  • For non-CLA students: Complete the Change of College application to apply to CLA
  • Dual degrees: If you want to add an additional degree (for example, your first major is a BA program and you want to add a BFA, BMus, BS, BBA, BAS, etc.), submit the Dual Degree application instead.

Declare a CLA Minor or Certificate:

  • Declare minor: Submit your request through the CLA Minor Change form.
  • Declare a certificate: Complete the online application form when you register for the last class in the certificate you are pursuing.

I want to drop a major or minor

  • Drop major: Complete and submit the CLA Major Change form. 
    • Students wishing to drop a Dual Degree must do so via the Dual Degree form.
    • Students must declare a new major before dropping their only major.
  • Drop minor: Submit your request through the CLA Minor Change form.

I want to declare a program not offered within CLA

  • Research: Search the UMD Catalog to find the collegiate unit that offers the major/minor that you seek.
  • Advising: Contact the appropriate collegiate advising office to ask questions about programs outside of CLA.
  • Apply for the major/minor:
    • Change colleges: If you want to switch from CLA to another collegiate unit at UMD, submit the Change of College application.
    • Declare a dual degree: Instead of changing colleges, if you want to add an additional degree (for example, your first major is a BA, BFA, or BMus program and you want to add a BS, BBA, BAS, etc.), submit the Dual Degree application.
    • Declare a minor through the college that hosts the minor: z.umn.edu/declareCEHSP, z.umn.edu/declareSCSE, z.umn.edu/declareLSBE
    • Declare a certificate: Complete the online application form when you register for the last class in the certificate you are pursuing.

I want to change my advisor or catalog year

Request a change to your advisor or to your catalog year (for your CLA major, minor or Liberal Education Program) by submitting the CLA advisor/requirement year online form. (UMD policy on Catalog Use.)  Note: Music students must contact the Music department for a separate advisor request process.

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

Jill Doerfler

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 - Liz Wright

Art & Design

Art BA, Art Education, Studio Art, Graphic Design, Art History, 

MINORS: Photography, Arts in Media, Art, Art History

Jennifer Webb

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, Environment, Sustainability & Geography, Geographic Information Science, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Certificate: Geographic Information Science

Environment, Sustainability & Geography – Pat Farrell (ES/GEOG), Adam Pine (ES/URS), Tongxin Zhu (ES/GEOG)

Geographic Information Science– Laure Charleux, Ryan Bergstrom

Philosophy - Alexis Elder, 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

Music

Music BA, Music Education, Jazz Studies, Performance, Theory/Composition

MINORS: Music, Jazz Studies

Mark Whitlock

Theatre

Theatre BA or Theatre BFA

MINORS: Theatre, Film Studies, Dance

Certificate: Theatre Design & Production

Mark Harvey

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.

February 14, 2019 last updated, pks