A student's curriculum consists of the degree(s), major(s), minor(s), and academic certificates which they are seeking. Students may make changes to their majors and minors or academic certificates anytime with approval from the academic departments and/or academic deans. Students select which degree(s) and major(s) they want to pursue when they apply for admission to the university; any changes to these require permission once the student begins attending. Prior to attending the student may contact the Admissions Office to have their application updated.
How to Change, Add, or Drop a Curriculum
- Student completes a Change of Curriculum form, listing all current degrees, majors, minors, and academic certificates officially listed on their records. This information can be checked through the VandalWeb account. Curriculums that are being kept need only to be marked as such on the Change of Curriculum form; no signatures are required.
- Student obtains required signatures for any curriculum for which they are adding, dropping, or changing.
- The academic department or dean must approve a student's entry into a new curriculum.
- The academic department or dean must be notified if the student is dropping their curriculum.
- The academic department or dean must approve changes to the current curriculum.
- Student submits the signed Change of Curriculum form to the Registrar.
- Registrar updates the student's record and degree audit report is automatically updated the following day.
When adding a new degree program or major, the student should request a new academic advisor as they obtain the department's signature for approval. Academic advisors are assigned by the department in which the student is majoring and the department will update the student's record to reflect any changes.
Academic Certificate: a coherent body of work designed to reflect specialized expertise, independent of a degree, major or minor.
Catalog Year: the Catalog issue that the student is following the prescribed requirements to earn the degree. Requirements for a degree can change year-to-year, but once a student declares a Catalog year for their curriculum they required to meet the requirements listed only in that specific Catalog issue. Incoming students are automatically assigned to the Catalog year of their entry (i.e. students admitted for the Fall 2012 semester are assigned to the 2012-2013 Catalog).
College: the college in which the student's degree program is part of. Colleges are: Agricultural & Life Sciences, Art & Architecture, Business & Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences, Natural Resources, Science.
Degree: the actual degree being sought such as B.A., B.S., B.S.ED., B.S.BUS., B.F.A., B.S.FOR.P.,M.S., M.ENGR, etc. Many degrees are very specific to the major, not just a B.A. or B.S.
Major: the major associated with the degree such as History, Secondary Education, Marketing, Computer Science, Landscape Architecture, etc.
Minor: a shorter course of study that supplements undergraduate majors such as Spanish, Journalism, International Business, Public Relations, etc. Minors are not required for graduation with a major.
Option: also known sometimes as an emphasis, some majors have different emphasis areas associated such as English-Literature Emphasis, English-Professional Emphasis, Sociology-Criminology Emphasis, Math-Scientific Modeling Option. Not all majors have an option or emphasis.