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Major Change Advising

CHANGE YOUR COURSE: Major Change Advising promotes intentional academic decision-making by conveying relevant programmatic information, facilitating academic exploration, encouraging short- and long-term planning, and making referrals to appropriate campus resources. Major Change Advisors can help navigate between majors, compare various majors and college/program requirements side by side, and prepare students for their departmental advising appointments. 

Scheduled Appointments

Schedule a 30-minute appointment if you do not know what major you want to change to and need:

  • help because you have no idea what  you want to do.
  • to explore different majors.
  • general advisement questions answered.
  • to see how your coursework fits into your new major.
  • supplemental advisement for your intended major.
  • to figure out how to change your major.
  • help rearranging your schedule before the drop/add deadline to fit your intended major.

Drop-in Sessions

Drop-in for a 15- to 20-minute session if you know the major you want to change to and need:

  • general advisement questions answered.
  • to see how your coursework fits into your new major.
  • supplemental advisement for your new major.


College Advisor Meetings

Meet with your college advisor if you want to change to a different major within your current college/school. For example, if you are considering changing from Psychology to Criminal Justice, both within the College of Arts & Sciences, you should meet with an advisor in your college/school to discuss changing majors.

IF YOU ARE NOT changing your major
, you will need to meet with your academic advisor to be advised. Please select your college or school to schedule an appointment.


Helpful Major Change Resources

Major Exploration Tools- Holland Code

If you are looking to change your major but are unsure which major to choose, the Holland Code quiz can help! This short quiz will help you discover career and major paths related to your personal and work values. Your major change advisor can discuss potential majors at USC that will help you work toward your professional goals. Take the quiz!

Advising Forms

This page is a dedicated resource for both advisors and students, housing numerous forms, links, and informational PDFs that can assist in the advising process at USC.

Undergraduate Academic Bulletin

The academic bulletin is the official document of record for undergraduate academic programs and policies. This resource should be used for informational purposes only and is subject to change at any time when, in the judgment of the faculty, the president, or the Board of Trustees, such changes are in the best interest of the students and the University.

Change of Major Directory

This directory provides program information, GPA requirements, and necessary "how to" steps for undergraduate students interested in changing to a program in any of the 11 colleges/schools on the USC-Columbia campus.