Fall 2020 Deadline: Thursday, September 24
- Change of Major resource video.
If you are interested in applying to change your major to an area of business, please review this website in its entirety before completing the change of major application. See Pre-Advising information for assistance, and reach out to the respective department chair for your desired major to seek additional advisement. You can also watch this video from Mary Lehr-Furtado, Coordinator for Undergraduate Advising.
The Change of Major Application must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete/late applications will not be reviewed. Please note, the only business major that may be paired with another business major is the BA in Economics degree program.
CHANGE OF MAJOR APPLICATION (Application Window: Monday, August 24-Thursday, September 24)
See each major for specific Entrance/Application Requirements. Entrance into majors may be competitive. Admission is not guaranteed by simply meeting the minimum entrance requirement(s). Due to prerequisites and course offerings, some majors may require (an) additional semester(s) to complete the degree. Students who complete major requirements but wait to apply are not guaranteed admission to their prospective major.
|Major||Foundation 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 Materials (submitted via the onlineChange of Major Application)|
|Accounting||Minimum grade of “B” in ACC 201||MAT 100 level course||1. Change of Major form*|
|Economics, BA or BS||Minimum grade of “C” in both ECO 101 & ECO 102||MAT 95 or placement into MAT 119/120 or higher||1. Change of Major form*|
|Finance||Minimum grade of “B” in FIN 201||[ECO 101 or ECO 102] + [STA 115/215 or ECO 105] + [ACC 201]||1. Change of Major form*|
|Interdisciplinary Business (IDB)||Minimum grade of “C+” in BUS 200||Completion/exemption of WRI 102: Academic Writing and must be second semester freshman or higher (BUS 200 is typically completed during sophomore year)||1. Change of Major form*|
2. IDB Preliminary Plan***
(requires that you have met with IDB faculty advisor)
|Management||Minimum grade of “C” in MGT 201||n/a||1. Change of Major form*|
|Marketing||Minimum 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; there is no prerequisite for STA 115||1. Change of Major form*|
- Step 1: Make sure you are eligible to apply as a pre-major or major at this time (see “Application Eligibility” above).
- Step 2: Complete the application materials (last column).
- Step 3: Complete the Change of Major Application (you will submit required materials via the application).
- Step 4: After the application deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed by the respective department chairs. You will receive an email within 3 weeks after the deadline notifying you of your change of major decision. Please refrain from emailing us regarding application decisions if it is within the three-week window of the application deadline.
*Change of Major Form Instructions: Only list the foundation course(s) for your desired major (see above). DO NOT SEEK DEPARTMENT CHAIR APPROVAL FOR YOUR NEW MAJOR! If you are currently completing the foundation course(s), list “IP” for grade.
If you are adding a second major, please be sure to list the second major as “Second Major” and indicate that you are NOT dropping your current major. If you want to add the new major as your primary major, list it under “New Major” and your current major under “Second Major.” If you intend to make your new major the primary major, you must first receive your current department chair’s signature on the form before submitting your application.
**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.
***Interdisciplinary Business Preliminary Plan: Faculty advisors include: Dr. Nancy Lasher, Dr. Kevin Michels, and Dr. Susanna Monseau. You may find their contact information on our faculty directory page.
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.
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.
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.