Major and Minor Changes

Changing your major or modifying your academic program by adding a minor or major both involve important academic and life decisions, and should not be entered into lightly. If you are considering any of these changes, you should talk with your academic adviser, family and friends, or even career counselors.

Changing Majors

If you are considering changing your major, complete the following steps:

  1. Do some research. Start by making a list of possible new majors. View websites to find information and degree requirements, and talk to academic advisers and students in your areas of interest. Discuss your ideas with friends and family.
  2. Talk with your academic adviser. Be prepared to discuss the reasons for your proposed major change. Student athletes also must consult with their athletic adviser.
  3. Complete the required paperwork for changing your major.

Adding a Minor

If you are considering adding one or more minors, complete the following steps:

  1. Find information about your proposed minor and its requirements. Important sources of information include the web, advisers for the program, and the ISU Catalog’s Minors, Declaring section.
  2. Talk with your academic adviser. Be prepared to discuss your reasons for declaring the minor, and how the minor might overlap with your major. The total number of credits required for a minor varies by department, but the university requires that 9 of those credits must be applied to the minor only.
  3. Complete the form for declaring the minor with your academic adviser.

Adding a Second Major/Degree

If you are considering a double major or degree, complete the following steps:

  1. Find information about your proposed additional major/degree and its requirements. Important sources of information include the program’s website, academic advisers for the program, and the ISU Catalog’s Double Major/Curriculum section.
  2. Talk with your academic adviser. Be prepared to discuss your reasons for adding the major/degree, and how your multiple majors/degrees might overlap. You must meet all of the requirements for both programs.
  3. Complete the form for declaring the second major or degree with your academic adviser.