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Change of Major/Second Major Guidelines

The change of major application window for the spring semester has closed. The online application portal will reopen at the start of the fall semester.

Please do not apply until you have read through these directions in their entirety.

The change of major application process can be a bit daunting. We recognize this and want to help guide you through this process. Please read through these guidelines in their entirety. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

  • Step 1: Review the Foundation Course(s) and required application materials for your prospective major:
MajorRequired Application MaterialsFoundation Course(s) RequirementsMinimum coursework completed or in-progress to apply as Pre-Major
AccountingChange of Major Form & EssayMinimum grade of “B” in ACC 201MAT 100 level course
Economics, BA or BSChange of Major FormMinimum grade of “C” in both ECO 101 & ECO 102MAT 95 or placement into MAT 119/120 or higher
FinanceChange of Major Form & EssayMinimum grade of “B” in FIN 201ECO 101 or ECO 102, STA 115/215 or ECO 105, and ACC 201
Interdisciplinary BusinessChange of Major Form & EssayMinimum grade of “C+” in BUS 200Completion/exemption of WRI 102: Academic Writing and must be second semester freshman or higher (BUS 200 is typically completed during sophomore year)
ManagementChange of Major Form & EssayMinimum grade of “C” in MGT 201n/a
MarketingChange of Major FormMinimum grade of “C+” in MKT 201 AND minimum grade of “C” in either MAT 125/127 or STA 115/215(MAT 119/120 or placement into MAT 125 if you intend to take MAT 125 as one of the foundation course requirements)

 

    • Step 2: Understand the applicant categories (below) to determine your eligibility to apply. You will be asked on the application under which category you are applying. See bottom section titled “Confused…” if you need further explanation to determine your eligibility. You must fall under one of these categories to apply:
      • Major – To apply for Major Status, you must:
        • Have completed (all of) the foundation course(s) for your desired major with the minimum grade requirement(s)
        • Pre-Major 1 – To apply for Pre-Major 1 status:
          • Have completed or currently be completing ANY/ALL prerequisite courses for the require foundation course(s) for your desired major
            • If you are accepted into the Pre-Major 1, you MUST register for and complete ANY/ALL foundation course(s) during the semester immediately following your acceptance as a Pre-Major. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from Pre-Major.
            • If accepted into Pre-Major 1, you will remain a Pre-Major for the semester in which you are completing any/all foundation course(s). Upon completing the foundation course(s) for your desired major, your grade(s) for the foundation course(s) will be reviewed. If you have satisfied the minimum grade requirement(s) for the foundation course(s), you will be fully accepted into the major. If you have not successfully completed the foundation course(s) with the minimum required grade(s), you will be dismissed from the Pre-Major.
        • Pre-Major 2 – To apply for Pre-Major 2 status:
          • Be currently enrolled in the foundation course(s) for your desired major
            • Upon completing the foundation course(s) for your desired major, your grade(s) for the foundation course(s) will be reviewed. If you have satisfied the minimum grade requirement(s) for the foundation course(s), you will be fully accepted into the major. If you have not successfully completed the foundation course(s) with the minimum required grade(s), you will be dismissed from the Pre-Major.   
  • Step 3: Apply!
  • The change of major application window for the spring semester has closed. The online application portal will reopen at the start of the fall semester
  • Application Materials (submitted within the Application Portal)
    • Change of Major Form (required of ALL majors)
        • Download, complete, and save this form. You will upload the saved form within the online application portal.

       

    • On the form, you will be asked to fill in a section for the foundation course(s) for your prospective major. Please complete this with ONLY the foundation course(s) for your prospective major. If you are currently completing (a) foundation course(s), type “N” in the “Completed” column, and list “IP” in the “Grade” column. If you are currently taking a prerequisite course for a foundation course, please list the actual foundation course but list “N” in the “Completed” column, and leave the “Grade” column blank.
    • For your signature, you may type your name.
    • The bottom of the form should be left blank.

DO NOT SEEK the department chair’s signature for your prospective major on this form. You ONLY need to seek approval from a department chair if you are changing the orders of your majors. For example, if your primary major is currently Communication Studies, and you want to add Marketing and make Marketing your primary major and change Communication Studies to your secondary major, you must first ask the Communication Studies department chair to approve your Change of Major form prior to submitting it. If you are simply adding a second major but keeping your current major as the primary major, you do NOT need to seek your current major’s department chair’s approval on this form.                                             

  • Application Essay (only required for Accounting, Finance, Management, and Interdisciplinary Business majors: 1-2 pages, double spaced). Use the following questions as a guide, and be sure to include your name on the essay):
    • How did you become interested in this major? Have you had any background experience related to your desired major? What are your career goals upon completing your degree, and how will this major support these goals?
  • Step 4: Application Review

AFTER the deadline, all application materials will be reviewed by the respective department chair. You will be notified of your application status via your TCNJ email account within three weeks of the application deadline. Entrance into major/pre-major may be competitive. Other factors beyond the listed entrance requirements (such as GPA and capacity limitations) may play a role in your acceptance. Please refrain from emailing us about acceptance decisions if it is within the three week window after the deadline has passed.

  • Step 5: Major Status Change in PAWS

If you have been accepted into your new major as either a Pre-Major or Major, your change of major form will be forwarded to Records & Registration so that your new Pre-Major/Major may be processed in PAWS. Upon processing of your new Pre-Major/Major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor within your major.

Important Information

Dismissed Students: Students who have been dismissed from the Pre-Major will be ineligible to apply as a Pre-Major for the same major a second time. However, students may apply for the major after successfully earning the minimum grade requirement(s) for (all of) the foundation course(s) required of the desired major.

Advising Assistance: Prior to applying to one of the business majors, we strongly suggest you reach out to the respective department chair for your prospective major for advising. Also, please be sure to utilize the “What-If” tool in PAWS to review your completed and remaining requirements for your prospective major. For additional guidance, you may refer to our major check sheets and suggested four year sequences.

Confused? Here’s some additional guidance on entrance requirements for each major… 

Below is a list of the foundations course(s) required for each of the majors. Keep in mind that you are eligible to apply for the Pre-Major if you have completed or are currently completing the prerequisite course(s) for the foundation course(s). You must be eligible to complete the foundation course(s) the semester immediately following acceptance into the Pre-Major.

Accounting Major – Minimum grade of “B” in ACC 201 + Essay

Prerequisite for ACC 201:

  • MAT 100 level course. Please note that ACC 201 is designated for business majors. If you are not currently a business major, you must contact the Accounting department chair to request entry into ACC 201.

Economics Major (BA or BS) – Minimum grade of “C” in ECO 101 AND ECO 102

Prerequisite for both ECO 101 and ECO 102:

  • MAT 95: Intermediate Algebra. If your math placement is MAT 119/120 or MAT 125/127, this also satisfies the prerequisite for ECO 101 and ECO 102. You will need to have completed or be completing both ECO 101 and ECO 102 within the following semester of applying as a Pre-Major. Therefore, we recommend that you complete one of these at the time of applying for Pre-Major status so that you do not need to take them both in the same semester.

Finance Major – Minimum grade of “B” in FIN 201 + Essay

Prerequisites for FIN 201:

  • ACC 201: Financial Accounting (Please note that ACC 201 requires an MAT 100 level course as a prerequisite. Also, you will need permission into ACC 201, as this course is designated for business majors. Please contact the Accounting department chair for registration assistance.)
  • STA 115: Statistics or STA 215: Statistical Inference or ECO 105: Statistics I
  • ECO 101: Principles of Microeconomics or ECO 102: Principles of Macroeconomics (please note that both ECO 101 and ECO 102 require placement into MAT 119/120 or higher OR completion of MAT 95)

Interdisciplinary Business Major – Minimum grade of “C+” in BUS 200 + Essay

Prerequisites for BUS 200:

  • Completion/exemption of/from WRI 102: Academic Writing
  • Must be second semester freshman or higher
    • (BUS 200 is typically completed during sophomore year)

Management Major – Minimum grade of “C” in MGT 201 + Essay

  • MGT 201 does not have a prerequisite.

Marketing Major – Minimum grade of “C+” in MKT 201 AND minimum grade of “C” in one of the following: MAT 125/127 or STA 115/215

  • MKT 201 does not have a prerequisite.
  • STA 115 does not have a prerequisite.
  • STA 215 requires prerequisite or co-requisite of MAT 125/127.
  • MAT 125/127 requires placement into MAT 125/127 or completion of MAT 119/120, if needed.
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