Undergraduate Academic Policies
The Undergraduate Academic Program
Selection of a Major
To plan a sound academic program, the undergraduate should select a degree
and major as soon as it is practical, but no later than four weeks before the
end of the sophomore year. For declaration of a major, a student should confer
with the appropriate advisor or designate of either the new major program or,
if undeclared, Student Academic Affairs and Advising. Obtain signatures from both
departments in the Change of Major section of the Change/Declaration of Academic
Program form, available in the Registrar's Office and in Student Academic Affairs
Change of Academic Program
Students who wish to change their academic programs (degree and/or major) should
see a faculty advisor or Student Academic Affairs and Advising. Departmental sections
of this catalog contain requirements for acceptance into each program. A student
not meeting the requirements may appeal to the department chair for an exception.
Once a student has completed 60 credits, a change of major requires a meeting
with an advisor in the new major before the change is complete. To file a change
of major, signatures of advisors or designates in both the new and former major
programs must be obtained on the Change/Declaration of Academic Program form,
available in the Registrar's Office.
Credit for More than One Undergraduate Major
A student who desires to graduate with a B.A. degree or a B.S. degree in two
or more subjects must meet departmental requirements for the major in each field.
See also the section Second Bachelor's Degree.
Students given permission to pursue two or more concurrent majors must complete
the Declaration of Second Major section of the Change/Declaration of Academic
Program form, available in the Registrar's Office. The applicant must present
a detailed program of study for both majors and obtain the authorizing signature
from the chair or director of the second major program (and from the dean or director,
if required by the college, school, or institute). When required, department chairs
and deans/directors must also approve all changes to the programs of study. A
student may begin a program at any time that permits its completion before the
anticipated graduation date.
Students may elect minor programs of study in addition to their major fields
by completing the Declaration or Change of Minor section of the Change/Declaration
of Academic Program form, available in the Registrar's Office. Minors normally
require between 15 and 21 credits of study. At least six credits of the minor
must be completed at George Mason, and no more than three credits of D in the
minor are accepted. Students interested in a minor should consult the college/school
/institute chapters and the Program of Study
listing in the front of this catalog chapter to determine which minors are offered
and their specific requirements.