»Academic Program Changes

The official university catalog is the primary resource for students who are considering changing their major or minor. Review the catalog for critical information about degree requirements and view a "What If I change My Major" evaluation on Web Advisor. Degree Requirements for Minors are viewed only from the catalog.

After researching their options, students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Academic Advising Center, a faculty advisor, or a department chair prior to submitting the form to the Office of the University Registrar to change their major or minor. The Change of Major/Minor Form from the selected catalog year will indicate which programs require a signature from the department chair. Academic Departments approving the programs may forward the form to the Registrar's Office on behalf of the student.

Forms can be submitted in person at the Office of the University Registrar, via Panthermail to aps@chapman.edu, by fax, or by mail.  Printed and signed forms may be faxed to (714) 628-2707, or mailed to the Registrar's Office Academic Program Specialists.

Chapman University “Change of Program Forms” are accepted and processed by the Office of the University Registrar throughout the year except during registration periods in November and April.  Any Change of Program Form submitted later than one week prior to the first day of scheduled registration appointments in November or April will not be processed until the conclusion of the two-week registration appointment period. Operationally, this means that none of the following changes to student academic records will be made during registration appointments:

  • Change of existing major or minor program
  • Addition of a major or minor program
  • Change of a declared Area of Study
  • Change of a declared Emphasis
  • Change of a declared Concentration

For program changes associated with a Catalog prior to 2007, please email aps@chapman.edu for more information.

+-Self-designed Majors

A student may design his or her own major in consultation with an academic advisor. The subject matter must be substantially different from that offered in existing majors. The student designs a program from existing course offerings, which opens up a new direction of study or allows for significantly more intensive study in a subject matter than is otherwise possible. Self-designed majors require the approval of the Faculty Academic Council.

  • A student must submit a proposal prior to completing 75 credits.
  • The self-designed major must not contain more than 40 percent of the requirements of an existing major, and it may not include more than two courses (up to 8 credits) not offered at Chapman.
  • The program of study must include a minimum of 33 credits, at least 21 of which must be upper-division credits. A maximum of 6 credits of individual study may be included in the self-designed major.
  • Approval of an academic advisor and sponsoring department is required.
  • Additional information regarding self-designed majors is included with the petition form.

+-Self-designed Minors

A student who wishes to declare a self-designed minor must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A student must submit a proposal prior to completing 75 credits.
  • The program of study must include a minimum of 21 credits, at least 12 of which must be upper-division credits. A maximum of 6 credits of individual study may be included in the self-designed minor.
  • Self-designed minors require the approval of the GE Committee.
  • Additional information regarding self-designed minors is included with the petition form.
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