Change of Major or Program
Undergraduate Day students are required to complete the Undergraduate Day Major Request Form and follow the instructions accordingly when they wish to change their major. This includes Undergraduate Day students who have entered the University as undeclared/undecided and are now declaring their major.
Professional and Liberal Studies students are required to complete the PLS Change of Major Form and follow the instructions accordingly when they wish to change their major.
Haub Degree Completion students are required to complete the HDC Change of Major Form and follow the instructions accordingly when they wish to change their major.
Graduate students are required to complete the Graduate Program Transfer Form and follow the instructions accordingly when they wish to change their major, concentration, or program.
UNDERGRADUATE DAY: Qualified students may request permission to pursue a second major for sound academic reason.
Such a request requires the approval of the chair of the secondary major department and of the Dean of that college. The Dean shall notify the chair of the student’s primary major department. Certification of completion of requirements for the second major will be the responsibility of the chair of the secondary major department. The final transcript will record the completion of the second major. The degree granted will be the degree appropriate in the primary major.
Two separate degrees will not be granted to students who complete a second major. Download the Second Major Request Form and follow the instructions accordingly.
UNDERGRADUATE EVENING: Qualified students may request permission to pursue a second major for sound academic reasons.
Such a request requires the approval of an academic advisor and the Associate Dean (Room 117 BL). The student must meet all the prerequisites and other requirements for both majors. The final transcript, not the diploma, will record the completion of the second major. The degree granted will be the degree appropriate to the primary major.
Two separate degrees will not be awarded to students who complete a second major. Download the Second Major Request Form and follow the instructions accordingly.
Approval of Minor
Students may declare a minor in areas where the department has approved one or in an interdisciplinary program. For a minor, at least 18 credits in the specified area must be completed. Students choosing a minor must seek the approval of the chair in the department of the minor no later than the last day of the add/drop period of their seventh semester. Students should also be aware that their choice of a minor may be restricted based on their major or primary area of study.
Download the Approval for a Minor Form and follow the instructions accordingly.
Steps to Declare a Minor:
- Meet with Chair for the department offering the minor in which you are interested. Review requirements and obtain his/her approval.
- CAS students pursuing a minor in business must meet with the William F. Leahy Advising Center (MV 150) to review requirements for the minor and obtain approval.
- Deliver the original completed form to the appropriate academic advising center and retain a copy for your records.
Drop a Second Major or Minor
Students may drop a secondary major and/or minor by submitting this form.
General Education Program (GEP)
The General Education Program (GEP) at Saint Joseph’s University involves a distinctive liberal arts education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. General education is essential to the University’s mission, providing all students with the broad knowledge, essential skills, appreciation of diversity, and ethically informed perspective needed by those who would aspire to be “men and women for others.”
General education at SJU aims to achieve a number of important learning objectives. Students who complete the GEP should be able to:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of Western civilization and its dynamic interactions with other cultures
- Think critically, conduct inquiry, analyze problems qualitatively or quantitatively and formulate creative responses
- Communicate effectively
- Reflect critically on their own beliefs and values as well as those of others and discuss respectfully religious, social, and cultural difference
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of faith and reason from different theoretical perspectives
- Understand and employ a theoretically informed ethical perspective, which provides the foundation for a transforming commitment to social justice, animated by belief in the dignity and freedom of the human person
- Analyze individual, institutional, and societal behavior
- Understand and employ important concepts and methods in mathematics
- Understand the scientific worldview and apply methods of scientific inquiry
- Appreciate beauty and creativity in their various forms
To learn more about GEP requirements and policies and procedures, and frequently asked questions, please visit the General Education Program (GEP) site.
Study Abroad Programs
To find information about SJU study abroad opportunities, please visit SJU’s Study Abroad page on the Center for International Programs (CIP) website.