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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Major

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The faculty advisor in the major department oversees both the major and the minor. Electives may be chosen to explore potential majors or minors, to prepare for the chosen major, to complement the major, to prepare for graduate study, or to satisfy your intellectual curiosity. For more specific information about majors, minors, and electives at Hunter College, visit the individual academic departments online, or consult the Hunter College Undergraduate Catalog.

Major

A major is a concentration of courses in a particular subject area. At Hunter College, you are required to declare a major no later than the semester in which the combination of credits earned and credits for which you are currently registered totals 60 or greater.

If you are a transfer student entering with 60 credits or more, you must declare your major before the end of your first semester of attendance at Hunter. You must complete at least one-half of the major in residence.

You may apply up to two courses from your major to satisfy Stages 1 and 2 of the GER Core; only one is permitted to fulfill a Stage 1 requirement, and only one a Stage 2 requirement.

Double Major

If you are pursuing the BA degree, you may declare a double major. The requirements for the double major in the liberal arts include:

  • completion of the General Education Requirement (GER)
    You may apply up to two courses from one of the majors to satisfy Stages 1 and 2 of the GER Core; only one course is permitted to fulfill a Stage 1 requirement, and only one course. a Stage 2 requirement. Courses from the second major may be use without limit to satisfy Stages 1, 2, and 3 of the GER Core.
  • satisfaction of the sequence of study for both majors
    If you are fulfilling a double major, you may be released from the minor requirement with the permission of both major departments.
  • fulfillment of a minor approved by both major departments
    If you are fulfilling a double major, you may be released from the minor requirement with the permission of both major departments.
  • submission of a Major/Minor form for each approved major in the Office of Administrative and Information Services (OASIS)

Visit FAQs for answers to the most frequently asked questions about choosing, declaring, and changing a major or a minor at Hunter.

TAP Awards and the Major

The New York State Education Department requires every recipient of a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award to declare a major by the beginning of the junior year, if enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program. At Hunter College, a student reaches junior status during the semester s/he has earned 60 credits.

If you do not declare a major by the date that your tuition bill is due, your TAP award will not be applied. If you lose your TAP award you will be responsible for your tuition and fees. Consider enrolling in the Tuition Pay (previously AMS) Payment Plan.

To declare a major at Hunter College, you must file a completed Undergraduate Major/Minor Approval Form at the OASIS.

  • download an Undergraduate Major/Minor Approval Form or pick up one at the OASIS, 217 North Building.
  • fill out the form and obtain the necessary departmental signatures and stamps.
    The School of Arts & Sciences offers contact information for its academic departments as a PDF file: A&S Contact List (PDF). Call or email the Assistant to the Chair to arrange to have your Undergraduate Major/Minor Approval form signed and stamped.
  • submit the completed form to the OASIS (217 North Building).

Can't Decide On a Major?
There's help available. The Career Development Services website has a variety of career information links, and the Career Library (805 East Building) has many books from the Great Jobs series.

Advisors in the Office of Student Services, 1119 East Building can review your transcript and discuss potential majors with you, too.

If you lose your TAP award...

you will be responsible for your tuition and fees. Consider enrolling in the Tuition Pay (previously AMS) Payment Plan.

contact us

To contact the Office of Advising Services, please call 212.772.4882, visit Room 1119, East Building, or email: AdvisingServices@hunter.cuny.edu