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Explore Our Majors

You might have already chosen your major. Or maybe you're still searching. Either way, our hundreds of degree options give you the opportunity to discover your passion, create your path and own your future.

Major Questions

We've listed some of the questions that we hear most often from parents and students. Of course these are not the only questions we hear, and we're sure you have a few of your own. We're here and ready to help!

Do I have to declare a major?

If you apply to the University of South Carolina as a freshman, you are not required to choose a major. You can select 'undeclared' on the application. Many students apply as undeclared and choose a major after they become more familiar with their interests.

If you are applying as any other type of student, you must choose a major on the application.

Can I change my major?

In most cases, you can change your major at any time through orientation. If you are a freshman, you can choose any major that interests you, provided that the department into which you wish to change is still accepting major changes. If you are another type of applicant, you are welcome to change your major, but it can have an affect on your admissions status depending on the requirements of your new chosen major. Some majors are especially popular and may not allow changes into them after you've been offered admission to another major. Contact admissions to determine if you are eligible to change your major. 

Are the requirements the same for all majors?

For freshmen applicants, the academic requirements are the same for all majors. However, dance and music do require auditions. For all other types of applicants, the academic requirements vary. For most majors, you must have a 2.25 cumulative GPA on all attempted college work. Some majors require a higher GPA and certain course requirements, such as calculus. 

Which high school courses should I take for my major?

For freshman applicants, we look at 19 core courses for all applicants, regardless of major. Performing well on these core academic courses will prepare you the best for academic life at Carolina. 

Can I transfer into a major?

Students can absolutely change their majors after beginning studies at USC. You must be able to meet progression requirements, and these vary for each major. Your academic advisor can help assist you with a major change. You can also read the Academic Bulletin to find out more about your prospective program.