So you want to declare your major?
- Have you completed 26-57 credit hours?
- Fill out the Declaration of Major form electronically
- Print your transcript PDF from TigerPaws
- Turn in the form and your transcript to the chair of the academic department (due to COVID-19, students are temporarily required to submit all paperwork via email)
- Once approved, the academic department will contact you to pick up the form (due to COVID-19, departments will forward this to the Registrar via email)
- Return the Declaration of Major form to the Registrar’s Office
- Complete the First-Year Advising Program survey
FALL DEADLINE: October 1
SPRING DEADLINE: March 1
Selecting a Major
For most students, selecting a major can be intimidating and overwhelming. When asked to think about an academic area of interest or a possible major, students fear they are being asked to identify what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and too often, students are also afraid to make the wrong decision.
None of these approaches serve you in any way and both of these approaches are fear-based. Let’s shift from a fear mindset to a growth mindset and recalibrate our lens: every academic choice you make and every class you take should be motivated and driven by your own interests, values, curiosity, and sense of adventure.
If selecting a major is a puzzle, then let every class you take, every internship, every volunteer opportunity, and every conversation with faculty and staff be pieces of that puzzle. Allow your major selection to be ultimately driven by how you wish to serve the world.
- Consult with your academic advisor, faculty, and career counselors
- Ask difficult questions and do your research (refer to our major-specific “What can I do with this major?” handouts below and review course descriptions in the CoSB)
- Acknowledge that as you grow as a student, what you value academically and professionally will also shift and evolve: make room for that growth
- Volunteer and participate in service learning opportunities in class, on campus, and in your communities: this is a great way to have a deeper understanding of how you fit in this world, what you value, when you thrive professionally, your areas of professional growth, and how your major(s) of interest translates into a real-world setting
Transitioning to Your Major Advisor
Once you officially declare your major, you will be reassigned to a major-specific faculty advisor who will work with you through to graduation. All of your advising documents will be forwarded and will be available to your faculty advisor.
This is a notable transition as you continue forward on your academic journey and shift from our advising team to your academic department.
Courses of Study Bulletin
Degree requirements, academic policies, and academic majors and minors at Trinity University.
Curricular requirements and optional elements for undergraduate students.
Programs and services to enhance student learning and personal and academic development.