Declaring a Major

Ideally students should declare a major by the conclusion of their fourth term, excluding summers. Transfer students should declare a major by the end of their first term.

Students who do not declare a major by 75 units (including in-progress units but excluding high school enrichment (HSE) units), will receive a registration hold. 

Most major programs require about 50 units of course work, which, after other requirements have been satisfied, leaves about a third of the required 120 units available for elective course work.

L&S majors are listed in the Berkeley Academic Guide. Entry requirements vary by major. Consult with the undergraduate major adviser in your intended major department regarding major prerequisites, GPA guidelines, and deadlines to declare.

Since the major program is the primary focus of your studies at Berkeley, declaring a major should be your number one scheduling priority.

  • To declare your major, review the department website for major declaration guidelines and visit the undergraduate major adviser (UMA) as soon as possible. Bring an updated copy of your Berkeley transcript and/or copies of transcripts (unofficial is OK) showing courses taken at other institutions.
  • To declare a major in the College of Letters and Science, you must complete most of the lower division prerequisite courses specified by your intended major department.
  • You should enroll in two or more courses for your major or intended major during your first semester. This will ensure that you are making appropriate academic progress.
  • If you are interested in changing your major, visit the undergraduate major adviser (UMA) and an L&S College Adviser immediately to discuss your plans.
  • Always take major prerequisites and upper division courses for a letter grade unless the major department tells you otherwise.