Undergraduate students must complete at least one major in order to receive a degree from Puget Sound. Majors may be declared after the first term of study for entering first-year students or immediately for transfer students. Students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year.
During the University’s transition to a new software system, students wishing to change their majors may do so by picking up a Change of Major, Minor, and Advisor Form from Academic Advising in Howarth 114, from the administrative office in their intended major, or by accessing the form online. Students must obtain their new advisor’s signature before an advisor change can be made. Forms should be returned to the Office of Academic Advising. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Joy Kiefer in Academic Advising at (253) 879-3128.
At the time they declare a major, students may also choose any Bulletin in effect during their time of enrollment, so long as no more than six years elapse between first enrollment and graduation. The chosen Bulletin will define all degree requirements for the student; students cannot have one Bulletin year for major and a second Bulletin year for core or other degree requirements.
All undergraduate students must be assigned a primary academic advisor (usually a member of the permanent faculty) at all times. Entering first-year students are assigned an academic advisor in association with a first-year advising class and are expected to retain that advisor until the end of their second year or the point at which they declare a major, whichever comes first. Entering transfer students are assigned a primary advisor either from Academic Advising or in the department of their intended major. Students with declared majors must have their primary advisor in the department of their first major. Students without declared majors may change primary advisors at any time (after the first term of study for entering first-year students). When students declare majors, they are required to select an advisor in the department of that major at the same time.
Students may add a "secondary" advisor at any time. Secondary advisors are permitted to view students' academic records but cannot authorize registration or transact other primary advising business for students. A student may request a secondary advisor when they are pursuing second major, a minor, a particular area of graduate study (pre-medicine or pre-law, for example) or when they wish faculty members to have access to their academic information for other reasons (letters of recommendation, for example).