Changing Your Major | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Changing Your Major

  • How do I change my major, minor, or advisor?

    Get the "fillable PDF" Form

    Download the change of major form (PDF).
    (It’s technically called the Program/Major/Minor/Advisor Declaration Form.)

    Complete the Form

    1. At the top of the form, add your name and ID number.
    2. The answer to the next two questions is usually "no" for traditional students, but you should read it first! For information on the adult degree programs check out their webpage.
    3. On the DELETE side, complete the parts that are relevant for you (for example, if you're only deleting a minor, then just put an "x" in the "Minor" option box, and write the minor in the text box below it).
    4. On the ADD side of the form (the right side), fill out the following items:
      a. Check “Major” or "Minor". Check "Advisor" if your new Major/Minor is in a different academic department.
      b. Type in the Major/Minor that you want to add.
    5. Complete the next section with the list of what all your majors and minors will be once all of your requested changes have been made.  If you don't know who your new Advisor will be, you can leave that line blank.  Some students have more than one major and one advisor, so list them all if you have more, even if they are not related to the major change you are making.
    6. Type your name and the date at the bottom.  
    7. Email the Department Chair (PDF) to get a new advisor (see note below), and copy the Registrar ( on the same email. The email response from the Department Chair will "count" as signatures from the Department Chair and from your new advisor. 

    8. Your email could look something like this:

      Dear [Department Chair/Dean] and Office of the Registrar,

      I have attached my major declaration form, which is complete except for the required signatures and adviser assignment that comes from the Department Chair. I would appreciate your help completing this form. I understand that emails will serve as signatures in this situation.

      If possible, please “reply all” so that I can view the progress of my request.

      Thank you,
      [Your Name]

    9. If you are changing to Undeclared, meet with Eric Anderson in Career Development. 

    Meet With Your New Academic Advisor

    If you are changing to Undeclared, an advisor will be selected for you by Eric Anderson, Director of Career Development. He’ll help you connect with your new advisor.

    If you are changing to any other major, the department chair will typically assign an advisor to you. If you have a particular advisor in mind (someone who taught a course that you especially enjoyed, for example), you can ask your new department chair (when they sign your form) if that advisor is available. Either way, make an appointment with your new advisor so that you can get acquainted and oriented within your new major.