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Declaring a Major

All SUNY New Paltz students must formally declare a major before they are officially considered enrolled in that major. It is an important step. It gets you connected with a faculty advisor in that department and starts you on the path to graduation in four years. Each department has its own procedure for major declaration; some have entrance requirements (a certain GPA or array of courses) while others do not. 

You declare a major by meeting with the Department Chair and receiving a major plan of study. The Department will submit a webform to declare this change and assign an advisor. When the changes are processed, you will receive an email acknowledgement and the change will be reflected on your progress report. For more detailed information, see the academic policy for major/minor declaration

Students must declare a major for which they qualify by the time they reach 60 credits. Failure to do so will result in a registration hold. A pre-major is not valid after 60 credits are completed. New York State residents with 60 or more credits will not be eligible for New York's Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) until the major is declared. This policy applies to incoming transfer students as well as continuing students at New Paltz.

You may not be able to graduate in four years if you have more than 60 credits earned before choosing a major.

Adolescence Education OM 323 Entrance requirements
Anthropology WH 319 Make appointment with Chair
Art History SAB 108 Make appointment with Chair
Art - all BFA majors  FAB 225A Entrance requirements
Asian Studies JFT 1016 Make appointment with Chair
Astronomy NSH 113 Make appointment with Chair
Biochemistry CSB 105 Make appointment with Chair
Biology CSB 106 Entrance requirements
Black Studies FOB W2 Make appointment with Chair
Business - all majors VH 206A Entrance Requirements
Chemistry CSB 105 Make appointment with Chair
Communication Disorders HUM 9B Entrance requirements
Communication Studies CSB 51 Make appointment with Department Advisor
Computer Engineering REH 114 Make appointment with Chair
Computer Science SH 253 Make appointment with Chair
Digital Media Production CSB 51 Make appointment with Department Advisor
Digital Media Programming & Management CSB 51 Make appointment with Department Advisor
Early Childhood & Childhood Education OM 115A Entrance requirements
Early Childhood Studies OM 115A Make appoitment with Education Advisor 
Economics JFT 814 Make appointment with Chair
Electrical Engineering REH 115 Make appointment with Chair
English JFT 714 Make appointment with Chair
Environmental Geochemical Science NSH 113 Make appointment with Chair
French OM 206C Make appointment with Chair
Geography SH 114 Make appointment with Chair
Geology SH 113 Make appointment with Chair
History JFT  916 Make appointment with Chair
International Relations JFT 814 Make appointment with Chair
Journalism CSB 51 Make appointment with Department Advisor
Latin American & Caribbean Studies OM 206C Make appointment with Chair
Mathematics FOB E2 Make appointment with Chair
Mechanical Engineering REH 115 Make appointment with Chair
Music CH-G 100 Entrance requirements
Philosophy JFT 916 Make appointment with Chair
Physics SH 254 Make appointment with Chair
Political Science JFT 814 Make appointment with Chair
Psychology WH 361 Entrance requirements
Sociology JFT 516 Make appointment with Chair
Sociology - Human Services concentration JFT 516 Entrance requirements
Spanish OM 206C Make appointment with Chair
Theatre Arts CT 104 Entrance requirements
Visual Arts FAB 225A Entrance requirements
Visual Arts Education SAB 108A  Entrance requirements
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies JFT 214 Make appointment with Chair