Declaring or changing your major, concentration, or minor - FAQ

When can I declare my major?

A student may formally declare a major when she or he has earned 30 semester hours (including ENG (or RC) 1000 and UCO 1200) and has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

What majors are offered in the English Department?

  • Bachelor of Science in English Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Professional Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Film Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Literary Studies

Degree programs of study may be picked up in the main office (Sanford 200) or printed from the Programs of Study website.

How do I declare a major for the first time?

Go to http://advising.appstate.edu/current-students/declare-your-major

How do I change my major to English?

Go to the English main office, 200 Sanford Hall, and ask for a change of major form.

How do I change from one English concentration to another?

Use the change of major form (see above).

How do I declare a double major?

Use the change of major form (see above). Please list English as your first major!

How do I declare a minor?

Go to the English office and ask for a change of major form. You'll see a spot to declare a minor.

How do I know if my minor has requirements?

All minors have requirements. Find the checksheet for your minor at http://www.appstate.edu/academics/minors.php

What is required for an English minor?

Any six ENG classes (18 hours) above ENG (or RC) 2001. We have a Film minor, too! BA English majors cannot use this minor as the required minor for the degree.

Can I major and minor in English?

No. But you can double major in the BS and the BA or you can pursue two concentrations within the English BA. However, please keep in mind that although students who do double majors in two different disciplines are exempt from the minor, students who do a double major in the same discipline still need a minor.

If I have a non-English major, such as Psychology, can I minor in Professional Writing or Creative Writing? How will that look on my diploma?

We don't have a minor in Professional Writing or Creative Writing, per se. You would declare an English minor. But you can choose the courses you take, so that you take predominantly Professional Writing or Creative Writing courses if that is what you wish. If you wanted to stress to a future employer that all your minor coursework was in a particular area, you could say that in your cover letter. Same goes for applications to graduate school.


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