Declaring Majors and Minors
Declaring a Major
A student declares a major upon entrance to the college by filling out the “Academic Interest” section on the admission application. If students wish to change their majors, they must complete a Major/Minor Declaration form found on the myCanisius portal under the Forms heading. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the record reflects their correct major, concentration or minor data.
It is extremely important that students declare the correct major, because academic advisors are assigned based on the major on file with the Student Records and Financial Services Center.
Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a double major. This decision may be based on career goals, planned graduate studies, and/or other student interests. Before a student declares a double major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. In order to declare a double major, the student must complete the Major/Minor Declaration form. This form will be submitted electronically and reviewed and approved by each department chairperson as well as the appropriate associate dean.
Per college policy, each additional major requires a minimum of 15 credits that do not apply to the student's first or subsequent major. Some double major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in other cases additional course work may be required. Please note that students will receive only one degree unless the complete the dual degree requirement including at least 150 undergraduate credit hours, regardless of the number of majors they complete. Both (all) majors appear on a student’s transcript.
Minors are another option available to students to explore an area of interest. Minors generally have fewer requirements than a major - usually 5 to 7 courses. Some minors are open to all students, while others may be restricted to students in specific majors. The requirements for each minor are outlined in the appropriate departmental sections. Per college policy, to receive a minor a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. The complete list of minors provides links to each minor page.
To declare a minor, students must complete the appropriate minor request form that must be signed by the department chair and the appropriate associate dean. If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner. Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation. Canisius cannot guarantee that all minor courses are offered every semester or year. If a student does not complete a minor, it will be removed from the student’s record and the student will still graduate if all major requirements have been completed.
A concentration is a structured plan of study within a major. Concentrations can be optional or required depending on the academic major selected. Declared concentrations will show on the official transcript, and must be completed in order to fulfill graduation requirements.