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

RE: Declaring a Major


Dear :

We hope you are enjoying your experience 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 either with an academic advisor or departmental advisor by 60 credits in order to prepare to apply to declare a major by 90 credits. Our records show you have completed <#> credits and we are contacting you to offer the support and assistance of the Academic Advising Center to ensure your success with the process of choosing a major.

Academic and Career Development Services is available to help you navigate how to choose and declare a major and to do so by the time you complete 90 credits. 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 encourage you to take the next step in your process to declare a major to stay on track.

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.

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:

We hope to see you soon in the Academic Advising and Career Services Centers, if you want help with exploring, choosing and declaring a major. We 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