Declaring a Major or Minor for a BA or B.Sc.
The Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) requires the completion of two areas of study in order to graduate. These two areas can be a major and a minor, or a double major. Departments require between 12-15 courses to be completed in the major. To complete a minor, there are 8 required courses. The major must be an arts subject whereas the minor may come from arts, science, business or music. Students are also required to complete the BA core requirements. Please see the University Calendar for a full listing of the BA degree components.
To declare a major/minor in the Faculty of Arts, simply go to the Registrar's Office and fill out the Declaration/Change of Academic Program form. There are a few programs in the Faculty of Arts that are competitive entrance, however you can consult the University Calendar for more information.
If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc.) you must choose a major in a science subject. You may declare a minor, but it is not required; if you do complete a minor it is 8 courses. Departments require somewhere between 12-15 courses for a major. Pleasae see the University Canendar to learn more about the BSc. degree components.
Some departments require the completion 10 courses before accepting a student as a major in the Faculty of Science and departments such as biochemistry, biology and psychology have specific admission requirements. As well, in some cases there are specific deadlines for applying as well as application forms. Further information can be found in the University Calendar or at the Departmental office.
To declare a major or a minor in the Faculty of Science, you must complete a Declaration/Change of Academic Program form and submit it to the head of the department of the program you want to declare; forms must then be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar.
NOTE: Some second-year courses are restricted to major or minors, therefore, it is in your best interest to declare a major and minor before attempting to register for upcoming fall semester courses.