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Change of Major/Second Major Guidelines

Fall 2019 Deadline: Thursday, September 26 at 4:30pm

See each major for specific Entrance/Application Requirements. All application requirements must be completed and submitted to the Business Building, Suite 114 by the deadline. In addition to submitting your application materials to BB 114, please complete the Change of Major Application survey. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

MajorFoundation Course(s)

(Please list foundation course(s) only for your desired major on your Change of Major form)

Application Eligibility

(Minimum coursework that must be completed or in-progress to apply)

Application Requirements
AccountingMinimum grade of “B” in ACC 201MAT 100 level course1.       ACC Cover Sheet
2.       Change of Major form
3.       Essay*
Economics, BA or BS Minimum grade of “C” in both ECO 101 & ECO 102MAT 95 or placement into MAT 119/120 or higher1.       ECO Cover Sheet
2.       Change of Major form
FinanceMinimum grade of “B” in FIN 201[ECO 101 or ECO 102] + [STA 115/215 or ECO 105] + [ACC 201]1.       FIN Cover Sheet
2.       Change of Major form
3.       Essay*
Interdisciplinary Business (IDB)Minimum 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)1.       IDB Cover Sheet
2.       Change of Major form
3.       IDB Preliminary Plan (requires that you have met with IDB faculty advisor)
ManagementMinimum grade of “C” in MGT 201n/a1.       MGT Cover Sheet
2.       Change of Major form
3.       Essay*
MarketingMinimum grade of “C+” in MKT 201 AND minimum grade of “C” in either MAT 125/127 or STA 115/215MAT 119/120 or placement into MAT 125 if you intend to take MAT 125 as one of the foundation course requirements; there is no prerequisite for STA 1151.       MKT Cover Sheet
2.       Change of Major form

 

*Essay Instructions: If your major requires an essay, you must include this with your application. Your essay should be 1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced and should address your interest in the major, why you believe this major is a good fit for you, and your potential career interests that align with your prospective major. Please be sure to include your name and PAWS ID on your essay.

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, relevant coursework, 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.

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 Pre-Major/Major. If you have been accepted as a Pre-Major and have yet to complete the foundation course(s), you MUST register for any/all foundation course(s) in the semester immediately following your acceptance into the Pre-Major. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the Pre-Major.

Important Information

BUS 100 Requirement: BUS 100: Business Colloquium is a freshman-level professional development seminar required of all business majors outside of Accounting. All non-business students who are accepted into one of the business majors (except for Accounting) must complete either complete the BUS 100: Business Colloquium course OR a BUS 100 waiver form/assignments. The BUS 100 waiver form will be emailed to you upon entry into your new major. Guidelines on how to satisfy the BUS 100 requirement will be detailed on the waiver form. We recommend you complete the BUS 100 course (and not the waiver form assignments) if you have not yet been accepted to or completed an internship.

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.

Pre-Advising Information:

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

Prerequisite for ACC 201:

  • MAT 100 level course (must be MAT subject code). 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) – Entrance Requirements: 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 – Entrance Requirements: 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, if are you not currently a business major, 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 – Entrance Requirements: Minimum grade of “C+” in BUS 200 + IDB Preliminary Plan (requires meeting with a faculty advisor to review your IDB Preliminary Plan)

Prerequisites for BUS 200:

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

Students interested in the Interdisciplinary Business (IDB) major must first meet with one of the IDB faculty advisors to complete their IDB Preliminary Plan (Advisors include: Dr. Nancy Lasher, Dr. Kevin Michels, and Dr. Susanna Monseau)

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

  • MGT 201 does not have a prerequisite.

Marketing Major – Entrance Requirements: 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.

If you have any questions regarding the Change of Major application process for any of the School of Business majors, please contact the respective department chair or Mary Lehr-Furtado, the Coordinator for Undergraduate Advising.

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