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How to Declare Your Major

Generally you can expect to declare your major in the second half of your second year. The rules: you can declare a major once you have 39 academic credits (including transfer credits); you must declare a major once you have 54 credits.

Once you've decided what you want to major in, declaring a major is easy:

  1. Decide on the academic program.
  2. Ask a faculty member in the program to be your major advisor.
  3. Complete and submit the Declaration of Major Form [pdf] to the Registrar's Office. The form can be sent via email to [[w|degreeaudit]] from either
    • Your major advisor, or
    • Your student W&M email account. If you use your student account, make sure to include an email thread from your major advisor confirming their approval of your declaration.

The major you choose will have its own set of requirements, determined by that academic program. Your major advisor can help you navigate that landscape to accomplish your goals and make sure you're meeting the major's requirements.

Other requirements

Some programs have additional requirements or approvals:

Declare a Minor?

If your natural interests are leading you to a particular academic area, you might consider completing that minor's requirements and declaring a secondary program of studies.

Usually a minor consists of 18-22 credit hours. Some rules apply to all minors. For example, you must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the minor courses, and none of those courses can be taken pass/fail.

Declaring a minor is easy:

  1. Decide on the academic program.
  2. Usually you won't need a faculty minor advisor, but it's good to discuss your plans with your major advisor.
  3. Complete and submit the Declaration of Minor Form [pdf] to the Registrar's Office. The form can be sent via email to [[w|degreeaudit]] from either
    • The Department Chair or Program Director, or
    • Your student W&M email account. If you use your student account, make sure to include an email thread from the Department Chair or Program Director confirming their approval of your declaration.
  4. Complete and submit any additional forms that are required by that minor.