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2002-03 University Catalog


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 and Advising.

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.

Minors

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.