»Change of Major or Minor

Change of Major or Minor: Things can easily change over a four year period in college. You might discover hidden talents and your dream job may become something you never knew existed. Everyone in the Department of Art understands your education is a process of self-discovery and, in fact, we encourage students to expand their studies to other areas beyond their major. Even though you’re in a specific program, you have some flexibility to take additional classes in other areas of art and many additional classes at Chapman University. However, students may still decide to change their major to another area within the arts or a completely different program at Chapman. For the Department of Art, here are the policies for changing or declaring a major and or minor:

Add or Change of Major and or Minor: To apply for an Art History, Graphic Design or Art Major or Minor, materials are to be submitted with the application, which takes up to 7 business days for a decision to be made. The Art History program requires a meeting with one of the fulltime faculty and a few forms. For Graphic Design and Art, the following items must be submitted for a decision to be made:

  1. Signed letter of recommendation from an art teacher.
  2. Statement of Interest – 500 word essay explaining why you want to study these programs at Chapman University.
  3. Statement or essay (500 words total) about two of your best works and why you consider these your best work.
  4. 10 pieces of your work printed on 8/12 x 11 paper.
  5. Change of Program form (see link below).
  6. Department forms which you’ll collect from the department when you submit your materials.

Students may apply to add a minor within the department of art at any time. For transfer students, if you come in with at least 60 credits, you may apply to add a minor after one semester at Chapman University; otherwise, you must wait to apply after two semesters. Please note that  students must have at least a 3.5 GPA at Chapman University to apply for a major or minor, or have the approval of the department. We do our best to meet every student's needs, but unfortunately the high demand of many of our programs makes it impossible for us to guarantee approval of a change of major and/or minor. We always encourage students to have alternate plans in case they are not approved for one of our programs.

Download the change of major/minor application

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