Example of a New Transfer Student Approaching 105-Credit Hold Email

Re: Declaring a Major and Your Registration Status

Academic Advising Center
Old Main 380, 360-650-3850


Dear :

We hope you are enjoying your first quarter as a Western student. As part of fulfilling Western’s graduation requirements, all students choose and complete an academic major. Declaring a major is essential to graduating in a timely manner. Western’s major declaration policy outlines the expectation that students connect with either an academic advisor or departmental advisor by 60 credits in order to prepare to apply/declare a major by 90 credits. This timeline is modified for new transfer students and Running Start students in order to allow you an opportunity to become familiar with Western’s majors and meet the requirements to declare a major. During your first quarter at Western, you are encouraged to meet with an advisor to review your plan toward declaring your major. If you are not declared in your major during your second quarter at Western, you may need to meet with an advisor before registering for courses. We are contacting you to offer the support and assistance of the Academic and Career Development Services to ensure your success with the process of choosing a major.

Resources for Choosing a Major
If you have not chosen a major, two units in Academic and Career Development Services offer services and resources to help you explore, choose, and prepare to declare a major:

Declaring a Major

Departments vary in their requirements for declaring a major. If you have identified a possible major(s) we recommend you take the following steps:

  • Review the University Catalog to understand what is required to declare and complete the major. All of Western’s majors are included in the Programs of Study link on the left.
  • Check out the website for the academic department for more information about the faculty and opportunities within the major.
  • Meet with an advisor in the department(s) that are of interest. Some majors offer a pre-major status that you can apply for while working towards fulfilling requirements to declare.

Majors often take two to three years to complete after you officially declare or apply and are accepted into the major. Declaring a major will provide you with access to major restricted classes along with the significant benefit of working with a faculty advisor who can help you develop an educational plan to maximize your experience within the major and create a timeline for graduation.

Academic and Career Development Services is available to help you navigate how to choose and declare a major. Students who do not declare a major by the time they complete 105 credits may not be permitted to register without first connecting with an advisor. We hope to see you soon in the Academic Advising and Career Services Centers and look forward to helping you make progress in your Western journey.


The Academic Advising Center Staff

Amy Appleton
Carissa Bane
Kristin Alten
Leah Keegahn
Lindsey Genut
Meagan Bryson
Nicole Piscopo

Page Updated 11.13.2017