Declaring a Major

Most CCAS students will declare their major in their third full-time semester (or after completing 45 credits, whichever comes first), and no later than the registration period before the fifth full-time semester.  Transfer students are recommended to declare their major during their first (or second) semester at GW.

  • To declare a major, students must complete a Declaration of Major/Minor form with a faculty member in the chosen major.  At this meeting, students will review the major requirements and devise a tentative course of study to complete the major.
  • Submit the signed Declaration of Major form to Phillips Hall 107.
  • Once students declare a major, they will receive, or select, a departmental faculty advisor who will provide subject matter expertise and can tailor the student's interests to the requirements of the major.  Departmental faculty advisors can serve as mentors, role models, career counselors, writers of recommendation letters, and sources of information on graduate and professional studies. 
  • Students will maintain their connection with their POD advisors in Columbian as well.

Spring 2020

In order to provisionally declare your major and/or minor this semester, please fill out the online declaration form below. Once campus reopens, it is imperative that you make an appointment to meet with the faculty advisor for your chosen major/minor in order to discuss your degree requirements and create a tentative academic plan.  If you wish to declare a second, non-CCAS major or a minor in another school, you will need to contact that school's advising office directly to inquire how to remotely declare their major and/or minor.
Some majors/minors require that prerequisites be met prior to a student declaring their major or minor.  If that is the case for your program, we will confirm that those prerequisites are met prior to granting a provisional major or minor declaration