Frequently Asked Questions
How do I declare a major/minor? Come to the Department Office, Phelps Hall 4206B, and fill out either a “Petition to Change Major” or a “Petition to Declare the Minor.” If you’re a minor and your expected quarter of graduation changes or you decide to drop the minor please, let Elena Báez know.
When should I declare a major/minor? As soon as you are sure you want to pursue this field of study, you should declare the major/minor. This way we can advise and guide you as you complete the requirements. The only way for the major/minor to show up on your diploma is if you declare it. If you have any questions about what it means to declare the major/minor, please contact Elena Báez, or by dropping by our office in Phelps Hall 4206B.
How long does it take for my major/minor to appear on GOLD? Majors usually take two or three weeks, minors about one week.
How do I know which classes to take for my major or minor? You can find the requirement sheets for the year you added the major or minor here on UCSB Registrar's website. Every student should meet with the undergraduate advisor for the department in Phelps Hall 4206B at least twice while at UCSB: once when you add the major or minor, and again approximately a year before you plan to graduate. This way you can be sure to take all the required classes for your course of study. Meeting with an advisor in the College of L&S is not enough.
How can I find out what classes will be offered in future quarters? Pick up a tentative list of course offerings for the current academic year in front of the department office at Phelps Hall 4206 or see here.
How do I know what the course is about? Read the General Catalog, either online or in print. Once a quarter's courses are posted on GOLD, you can also find a short course discription there.