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Change of Major

Restrictive majors in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS) may require an application or essay for admission. Priority is typically given to applicants with a GPA above the minimum requirement. It is recommended that interested students take courses offered (not restricted by major) during their freshman and sophomore years prior to application. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog, specifically the CBSHS sections, to look at specific course requirements. If you have general questions regarding admission into majors within the CBSHS majors, please contact the advisor listed for that major.

Restrictive majors within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences are: communication, health science, nursing, and sports communication. With the exception of parks, recreation and tourism management (PRTM), students can only apply twice into any restrictive program within the College.

Below is change of major information from various schools and departments in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.

Information for academic advisors who are approving change of major/change of academic program forms should click here for information regarding their obligations as part of this new policy.

Freeze Dates

Beginning in Fall 2019, the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences will stop changing students into majors within the college seven weeks prior to the first day of early registration opening each term. This freeze will be in effect until the first day to register each semester.  Students who are hoping to change their major to one within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences should read the information below carefully based on the program to which they are wanting to apply.

2019-2020 Academic Year freeze dates:

Fall 2019: all change of major forms for fall 2019 must be submitted by September 16. If any change of major forms are submitted after this date, they will be denied and asked to resubmit a form after the freeze opens back up. Changes can be made again once registration opens on November 4.

Spring 2020: all change of major forms for spring 2020 must be submitted by February 17. If any change of major forms are submitted after this date, they will be denied and asked to resubmit a form after the freeze opens back up. Changes can be made again once registration opens on April 6.

Anthropology: you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and are required to meet with the advisor for anthropology before you can switch your major. You can sign up for an “Explore Anthropology” appointment in CU Navigate.

Communication: be sure to visit the Department of Communication website for specific details about the competitive application process for Communication and set up an appointment in CU Navigate with the Communication advisor.

Criminal Justice: you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and are required to meet with the advisor for criminal justice before you can switch your major. You can sign up for an “Explore Criminal Justice” appointment in CU Navigate.

Nursing: there is a competitive application involved in applying to Nursing. Please visit their website and plan to meet with an advisor with follow up questions. You can sign up for an “Explore Nursing” appointment in CU Navigate.

Political Science: you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and are required to meet with the advisor for political science before you can switch your major. You can sign up for an “Explore Political Science” appointment in CU Navigate. 

PRTM: you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and are required to meet with the advisor for PRTM before you can switch your major. You can sign up for an “Explore PRTM” appointment in CU Navigate. 

Psychology: you must have a minimum GPA of 2.4 and 12 hours of Clemson coursework completed before you can attend a change of major meeting. More information can be found about this process on their website.

Public Health Sciences: there is a competitive application involved in applying to Health Science. Please set up an “Explore Health Science” appointment in CU Navigate to learn more about the application process.

Sociology: you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and are required to meet with the advisor for sociology before you can switch your major. You can sign up for an “Explore Sociology” appointment in CU Navigate.

Sports Communication: be sure to visit the Department of Communication website for specific details about the competitive application process for Sports Communication and schedule an appointment in CU Navigate with the Communication advisor.

  • Communication

    Click here for information about the application process in the Department of Communication.

  • Nursing

    Admission into the major is very competitive and an application is required. Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPR and must complete two required sciences in the nursing curriculum with a minimum grade of C. Applications for change of major are available January 1 of each year and are due by January 31 each year; application materials are available online either through the School of Nursing website or on this website only during the designated application period. Decisions are made March 1 following the application deadline. Please see Nursing Change of Major FAQ for more information.

  • Psychology

    Click here for information about the change of major process in the Department of Psychology.

  • Public Health Sciences

    Admission is competitive and an application is required. Admission is not guaranteed. The application is available once a year beginning the first day of classes in the fall term through the last day of classes in December. Students with less than 50 hours earned may apply to change their major into health science with a minimum cumulative GPR of a 2.25. Students with 50 or more credit hours may apply if space is available, pending the following restrictions:

    • Completion of the health science mathematics and statistics requirements and the general education natural science requirement
    • Minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 2.5.


    Students should contact the CBSHS Academic Advising Center for information on how to fill out the application. Change of major decisions will be determined by submitting the completed application, space in the program by cohort graduation date, competitive GPA, and completed credit hours. Please see advisor for more specifics.

  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

    When space is available, a student may change majors to one of the degree concentrations in PRTM with a 2.0 cumulative GPR, at least 30 credit hours earned or in progress, and approval of the department chair or his/her designee. This applies to the following concentration areas: community recreation, sport and camp management; park and protected area management; professional golf management; recreational therapy; and travel and tourism. Please see your advisor for more specifics.

  • Political Science

    To add or change into Political Science students must attend a change of major advising session with the departments Academic Advisor and have a 2.0 GPA based on 12 credits or more taken at Clemson or in the Bridge Program. In order to schedule a change of major advising session, students will need to utilize CU Navigate and schedule an “Explore” the desired major to change into. The change of major advising session is designed to discuss degree requirements, curriculum, graduation timelines and course fees. Upon completion of the change of major appointment your change of major application will be approved and submitted.

    Change of major request will be denied if the student has not attended a change of major advising

  • Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology

    To add or change into Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology, students must attend a change of major advising session with the departments Academic Advisor and have a 2.0 GPA based on 12 credits or more taken at Clemson or in the Bridge Program. In order to schedule a change of major advising session, students will need to utilize CU Navigate and schedule an “Explore” the desired major to change into. The change of major advising session is designed to discuss degree requirements, curriculum, graduation timelines and course fees. Upon completion of the change of major appointment your change of major application will be approved and submitted.

    Change of major request will be denied if the student has not attended a change of major advising session