Changing Academic Program or Curriculum Year

  • Change to Major

    New Freshmen and Transfer Students

    When new freshmen and transfer students enroll at Clemson, most are accepted into a particular academic program. Two notable exceptions are engineering students who must enroll in General Engineering their first year and business students who must enroll in Pre-Business their first year. See section 3 below for related comments on these two groups. In addition, approximately 200 students are accepted in an undeclared academic program status. The Admissions Office processes acceptable changes of academic programs for new freshmen and transfer students at the time of orientation. Once classes begin, new students can submit an Undergraduate Change of Program request in iROAR 〉 Students 〉 Student Records 〉 Undergraduate Change of Program.

    Enrolled Students

    Enrolled students who wish to change their academic program must submit an Undergraduate Change of Program request in the Student Records tab in iROAR. The request must be approved by both the current and new academic departments. Students wishing to change majors should talk with an advisor in both departments. Students should gain the acceptance of the new academic program prior to disengaging from the current one*. Many academic departments have established one or more conditions, such as a minimum grade-point ratio requirement, an application process, etc. that must be satisfied before approving a student Request to Change Academic Program. Students are usually put into the curriculum year in force at the time of the academic program change.

    General Engineering and Pre-Business

    All engineering students must complete the freshmen General Engineering curriculum before being admitted into a specific engineering degree program (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, etc.). All new business students must complete the freshmen Pre-Business curriculum before being admitted into a specific business degree program (Accounting, Economics, Management, etc.). Both freshmen curricula have minimum grade point ratio requirements that must be satisfied before students can advance to a specific degree-granting major. Advisors in both programs assist students in selecting a specific major and choosing a specific curriculum year.

    Withdrawing

    If students withdraw from the University or do not remain continuously enrolled (summer terms excluded), they are readmitted into the major they were in when they were last enrolled.

    Questions regarding the Undergraduate Change of Program request in iROAR should be directed to Enrolled Student Services, 864-656-2174. General change of program questions should be directed to your advisor.

  • Requirements for Changing Major

    Unless otherwise stated, in order for a student to change his/her major, they must meet the following requirements:

    Any undergraduate student who meets Academic Eligibility requirements may transfer from one major to another major, subject to departmental enrollment restrictions and entrance requirements as stated elsewhere in the Undergraduate Announcements. Any college or department that seeks an exception to this policy must have the approval of Academic Council.
    Candidates for graduation must be officially accepted in the major for which they are applying for a degree no later than the date applications for diplomas are due" [2018 - 2019 Undergraduate Announcements.]

    There are, however, many exceptions to this policy. Some majors require higher minimum GPRs (2.0 or higher) and some have specific procedures for admitting new students. Please contact the appropriate departmental representative listed (by college) on the Advisor Contacts for the most current information on change-of-major requirements for a particular department.

  • Change to Concentration, Emphasis or Minor
    In order to add, drop, or make a change to a field of study (concentration, emphasis and/or minor) students must submit an Undergraduate Change of Program request in the Student Records tab in iROAR.

    Questions regarding the Undergraduate Change of Program request in iROAR should be directed to Enrolled Student Services, 864-656-2174. General change of program questions should be directed to your advisor.

  • Change to Double Major or Second Degree
    In order to add, drop, or change a second major or second degree program, students must submit an Undergraduate Change of Program request in the Student Records tab in iROAR.

    Questions regarding the Undergraduate Change of Program request in iROAR should be directed to Enrolled Student Services, 864-656-2174. General change of program questions should be directed to your advisor.

  • Changing Curriculum Year

    New Students

    When students initially enroll at Clemson, the curriculum requirements for the degree in their major are those outlined in the Undergraduate catalog in effect at the time of their enrollment. The Undergraduate Catalog is published annually and is in effect for one academic year. Each academic year consists of 12 months, begins with the fall semester and goes through the following summer.

    Returning Students

    If a student withdraws from the University and subsequently returns or does not remain continuously enrolled (summers excluded), the student´s curriculum year is changed to the one in effect at the time of return for students with less than 95 credits. The curriculum year remains the same as when they were last enrolled for seniors (95 credits and more). The student´s major department can approve an exception. An Undergraduate Change of Program should be submitted in the Student Records tab in iROAR requesting the approval.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students are assigned the curriculum year based on the Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time they enroll at Clemson. As an alternative, transfer students may select the curriculum that was outlined in the Clemson catalog at the time they entered the previous college(s), provided they have been in continuous enrollment since initially entering college. Further, transfer students may select any curriculum at Clemson subsequent to their initial college enrollment. New transfer students should meet with an advisor in their major department to determine which curriculum year is best for them. New transfer students wanting a curriculum year different from the one in effect when they transfer to Clemson should talk with their advisor and submit an Undergraduate Change of Program request in the Student Records tab in iROAR.

    Enrolled Students

    Enrolled students who wish to change curriculum year within their current major (or who have been pursuing a major curriculum in order to complete requirements to change their major) should first meet with their academic advisor to discuss the advantages, disadvantages, availability of required courses that must be taken, and earned courses that can be used in the new curriculum. Students must receive approval to change their curriculum year requirements.  Begin the process by completing an Undergraduate Change of Program request in the Student Records tab in iROAR.

    Questions regarding the Undergraduate Change of Program request in iROAR should be directed to Enrolled Student Services, 864-656-2174. General change of program questions should be directed to your advisor.