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Steps to Declare or Change Your Major, Minor, or Pre-Professional Program

The deadline to declare a major is the 3rd Friday of your 3rd semester (typically September of your sophomore year).

Effective September 18, 2017 JMU stopped using paper declaration forms in favor of an online declaration process in MyMadison.

Here are the steps involved in declaring or changing your major, minor, or pre-professional program:

  1. View entrance requirements for declaring your program of interest on the Major Snapshots or Minor Snapshots pages.
  2. Log into MyMadison, select Student Center.
  3. Select Major/Minor Change from the “Other Academic…” dropdown menu.
    • To add a program of study select Add Major/Minor. To narrow your search, select the plan type, change the criteria of plan description to contains and enter the beginning letters of the plan. All students must have at least one major with a degree (i.e. Biology – BS). To add a 2nd major, select the major but choose the option listed with no degree (i.e. Biology).
    • To drop a program of study select Drop Major/Minor.
    • To update a concentration for an existing program of study select Add/Change Concentration.
  4. After all requests are entered select Submit Request.

For more detailed screenshots of what you'll see in MyMadison view this tutorial video or user guide.

Have questions about this process? Contact your academic advisor, Madison Advising Peers, or the Office of the Registrar.

Don't wait until the last minute! Submit your change or declaration of major at least 2-4 weeks before enrollment opens, so you can be sure you'll be eligible to register for major classes before they fill up!

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