Declaring And Changing Majors
Major program admission requirements are subject to change. Contact the college or school office, or check their website for the most up-to-date information. If your major program is listed as undecided and you wish to declare a major, or if you would like to change your major, you will need to check with the college in which the major is offered to see if you meet entry requirements. Here are some general guidelines to get you started.
College of Arts and Sciences
Students interested in entering the College of Arts and Sciences must have a 2.00 cumulative GPA and may apply during the first seven weeks of each semester. Biological Sciences has additional requirements for entry. Students who would like to declare one of the Biology majors must have a minimum Math ACT subscore of 20; equivalent Math SAT subscore (490 on tests taken prior to March 2016 or 520 on tests taken March 2016 or later); a minimum Ohio University math placement score of PL1; or a grade of “C” or better in equivalent courses to both BIOS 1700 and BIOS 1705 with a minimum accumulative Ohio University GPA of 2.5.
For more information about OHIO's College of Arts and Sciences:
- visit the first floor of Wilson Hall (College Green)
- visit the CAS website
- call 740-593-2845
- Declare a major in Arts and Sciences
College of Business
The College of Business allows a limited number of students from other Ohio University academic colleges to apply for transfer into the College of Business for the purpose of earning a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree or Bachelor of Sport Management (BSM) degree.
Information for students transferring into the College of Business from within Ohio University
Transferring After One Semester
- Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 3.0 with at least 15 Ohio University semester hours
- You must have successfully completed ENG 1510 or 1610 with a grade of no less than “C”
- You must have successfully completed ECON 1030 or 1040 with a grade of no less than “C”
Transferring After Two or More Semesters
- Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 2.5 on at least 24 Ohio University semester hours*
- You must have successfully completed ENG 1510 or 1610 with a grade of no less than “C”**
- You must have successfully completed ECON 1030 or 1040 with a grade of no less than “C”**
- You must complete the on-line transfer application that includes submission of a 250-500 word academic-quality personal statement that describes how your life choices and circumstances suggest that a career in business is right for you.. Additional details about the personal statement will appear in the on-line application. Quality of the writing will be considered.
**or grade of “S” (satisfactory) if course is completed at OHIO in spring or summer 2019-2020
- Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 2.2 and during each of your two most recent semesters you earned a minimum GPA or no less than 3.0
- During each of the last two previous semesters you completed at least fifteen credit hours of coursework that included no fewer than two courses from this list:
- ECON 1030, 1040
- MATH 1350 or MATH 2301
- ACCT 1010, 1020
- QBA 1720, 2720
- BUSL 2000 (subs for 2550), and
- any 3XXX or 4XXX level business course.
- You must have successfully completed ECON 1030 or 1040 with a grade of no less than “C”
- You complete the on-line transfer application that includes submission of a 300-500 word academic-quality personal statement that describes your experience with professional development, tenacity, leadership, teamwork, and time management. Quality of the writing will be strongly considered.
- NOTE: Please note that this option is likely to extend your time to graduation beyond four years.
Additional Transfer Requirements for International Students
International students are required to have completed at least 12 hours of Ohio University coursework.
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must also provide evidence that they meet the College of Business English proficiency requirements by completing ONE of the following:
- A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 525 (5+ on composition).
- A grade of no less than “A-” in OPIE D970 “OPIE 8-Hour Bridge A”
- A grade of no less than “C” in OPIE D970 “ and a grade of no less than “B-“ in OPIE 980 “OPIE 8-Hour Bridge B”
Apply for Admission
Current Ohio University students may use the online application to apply for “next-semester” admission to the College of Business according to the following deadlines:
- Fall: Apply from the third week of each semester until the first day of the following term.
- Spring: Apply from the third week of each semester until the first day of the following term.
- Summer: The online application is open all summer until the first day of fall semester.
Questions about becoming a #BusinessBobcat?
Please call 740-593-2042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scripps College of Communication
All students wishing to transfer into a school in the college must meet the minimum standards indicated by the individual school. Completion of those requirements does not guarantee acceptance into one of the programs; students are admitted on a space-available basis, up to the school’s enrollment ceiling. A “C” or better is required in the core classes for each school (see Undergraduate Catalog for list).
J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies
For more information about the J. Warren McClure school, contact Julio Arauz in Schoonover Center 360 or call 740-593-4890
- Students must have a 2.50 cumulative GPA or higher. Meeting this and other requirements does not guarantee admission into the school.
- Students must complete a Transfer Information Sheet — available in the school office or online — and submit an Update of Program form to the school.
- Students may apply for transfer at any time; however, transfers are finalized only at the beginning of each term.
School of Communication Studies
For more information about the School of Communication Studies, contact Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies Jerry Miller in Schoonover Center 400 or call 740-593-4842.
- Students should review the school website, print a “What If” DARS, and attend a transfer workshop (offered September and February).
- Current Ohio University Students who wish to apply to the COMS program may submit an application and supplemental materials (a 300-word essay: Why is COMS and appropriate major for you? and a "What if DARS" for COMS) HERE.
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
The faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is dedicated to quality instruction in preparing students for a career in the journalism disciplines. To provide this quality of instruction, the school’s policy is to maintain an enrollment at a number that may be served effectively by its faculty. This policy is a means by which the school can better maintain its academic quality.
- Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall or an average of 3.0 in the last two semesters to be considered for admission. Please note that a 3.0 qualifies a student only for consideration and does not guarantee admission. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours by the time of application.
- Students are encouraged to take journalism courses before applying for transfer. The school also encourages students to attend one of the transfer workshops offered by the school each fall and spring semester before applying. Information about the date and location of workshops is available in the school office.
- Applications for transfer are accepted twice per academic year. The deadline of 5 p.m. September 28 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for spring semester. The deadline of 5 p.m. February 15 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for the following fall semester. Any application received after the September 28/February 15 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) deadlines will not be considered.
To apply to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism:
- Fill out the application.
- Submit a college transcript or current DARS showing your most recent grades.
- Include at least two letters of recommendation from references best able to comment on the applicant’s journalistic abilities. Recommendation letters are an important part of the transfer committee’s deliberations. Applicants who do not include at least two letters will not be considered. Please note: recommendation letters should not be from high school teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors.
- Complete a 500-word written essay on the theme “Why I want to be a journalism major.”
- The transfer committee recommends that applicants submit examples of journalism work not to exceed six samples. Samples of work cannot be returned.
- The application must be typed, signed and dated, and submitted in a binder.
- Any application that is incomplete or received after the deadline will not be considered. It is the responsibility of applicants to make sure that their transfer packet is complete. Applications should be delivered to Schoonover Center 223 or mailed to E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
- The school’s transfer committee will evaluate applications and make recommendations to the Director and Associate Director. The school’s Director and Associate Director will make final decisions on transfer admissions. Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or denial. Students who are denied admission must wait one year (from the time the application was submitted) to re-apply. Applications will not be carried over to the next year. Re-application is necessary.
School of Media Arts & Studies
For more information about MDIA, contact Brian Plow in Schoonover Center 300 at 740-593-4870 or email@example.com.
Students seeking transfer to Media Arts and Studies must have at least a 3.0 OHIO GPA. In special cases the commitee will review applications from students with GPAs as low as 2.5. Please note that the GPA qualifies a student only for consideration. It is not in any way a guarantee of admission. Applications are accepted both fall and spring semesters. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Friday of the seventh (7th) week of the semester. Students may apply as early as their first year, however, any student currently without an OHIO GPA will be accepted on a provisional basis. Full admission will be based on their performance in the first semester of Ohio University coursework. All application materials can be submitted online.
For more information, and to apply click HERE.
School of Visual Communication
For more information about Viscom, contact the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in Schoonover Center 250 at 740-593-4898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Visual Communication will consider transfer students, both from within the school (changing majors) and from outside the school, twice a year, and only when openings are available. As a selective admission program, there are a limited number of seats available in each sequence.
For more information, and to apply click HERE.
For more information about the Scripps College of Communication:
- visit The Harris Student Support Center, Schoonover Center for Communication, Room 123
- visit the Scripps College of Communication website
- call 740-593-4883
- Transfer Admission information is also in the Undergraduate Catalog
Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education
Students interested in transferring into a major in the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences (except Family and Consumer Sciences-Licensure) must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and may apply during the first seven weeks of each semester.
To transfer into a Teacher Education licensure program you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and may apply during the first seven weeks of each semester.
Students interested in transferring into a major in the Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy (except Health & Physical Education) must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and may apply during the first seven weeks of each semester.
For more information about The Patton College:
- contact Ben Forche at email@example.com
- call 740-593-4400
- visit 103 McCracken Hall
Russ College of Engineering & Technology
To transfer into an engineering program, you must have earned a C or better in a math course (1200 or higher) and a science course (typically CHEM 1210 or higher OR PHYS 2051 or higher) at Ohio University. Students transferring into Engineering Technology and Management or Aviation are not subject to these admission criteria and require a 2.0 GPA to transfer. ETM students should schedule a meeting with the faculty advisor in Stocker 125 prior to transferring.
You cannot transfer into any major in Russ College if you would be on academic probation after transferring into that major. The probation rules for the College are stricter than those for the University as a whole. In order to not be on probation, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all coursework, for all courses in Russ College, and for all courses in your intended major. You must also have successfully completed all required courses in three attempts.
Successful completion means getting a C (or in some courses, a C-). The specific courses that have a minimum of a C- rather than a C depend on your intended major.
For more information about the Russ College:
- contact Grace Sallar, Stocker Center 118 or 740-593-1573
- Transfer requirements are also in the Undergraduate Catalog
- Click here to declare a major in Engineering
College of Fine Arts
Students interested in transferring to majors in the College of Fine Arts must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and may apply during the first seven weeks of each semester.
Art + Design
The School of Art + Design welcomes students transferring from other programs. Students transfer in as a BA in Studio Art or BA in Art History during the first seven weeks of each semester.
- To apply as a BA in Studio Art, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- To apply as a BA in Art History, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with the Assistant Director for Student Services during priority registration to discuss the transfer process and programmatic requirements. A student may not transfer into the School of Art as a senior.
After completing the requisite Foundation courses, a student may apply for acceptance into one of the B.F.A. majors (B.F.A. Graphic Design, B.F.A. Interior Architecture, B.F.A. Studio Art), or the student may continue the pursuit of one of the B.A. degrees.
School of Dance
Acceptance to the BFA or BA degree programs and to the dance minor in choreography and performance is determined by audition. Please contact the School of Dance to arrange for an audition.
School of Film
Admission to the B.F.A. in Film program is by application, interview, and portfolio submission only. Upon successful admission, change of major paperwork should be initiated at the College of Fine Arts Deans Office.
School of Music
Students intending to major in music must audition on their major instrument or voice as part of the admission process. An appointment for an audition and information concerning proficiency requirements may be secured by contacting the School of Music.
School of Theater
Students may enroll as a Theater B.A. (BA5194). Acceptance into the various B.F.A. programs (Performance: Acting; Performance: Musical Theater; Stage Management; Playwriting; or Production Design & Technology) is determined by audition/interview.
For more information about the College of Fine Arts:
- contact Maureen Wagner in Jennings House
- call 740-593-1808
- view Fine Arts in the Undergraduate Catalog
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Students interested in transferring to majors in the College of Health Sciences and Professions must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and may apply during the first seven weeks of each semester. These majors have additional selective admission requirements: nursing and social work. Students may enter the selective majors below as pre-majors while completing the requisite courses and requirements.
Pre-Nursing major: 2.75 GPA, grade of B- or better in NRSE 1111, grade of C or better in one of the following: BIOS 1300, BIOS 1310, CHEM 1205 + 1205L, CHEM 1210, CHEM 1220, CHEM 1510, or CHEM 1520; grade of C or better in three of the five following courses: PSY 1010, SOC 1000, NUTR 1000, COMS 1010, PSY 2410 OR EDEC 1600. An Update of Academic Program form is available in the School of Nursing.
Nursing major: Pre-Nursing majors must apply during the spring semester for admission into the Nursing (BSN) major. Pre-Nursing majors will receive communication about how to complete the process. Students must complete the following requirements to be selected for the Nursing major:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
- “C” or better in: CHEM 1205 + 1205L; BIOS 1300-1310; ENG 1510; three of the five following courses: PSY 1010, SOC 1000, NUTR 1000, COMS 1010, PSY 2410 or EDEC 1600
- B- or better in NRSE 1111
- Successful completion of HESI A2 admission examination
- Documented report of clear criminal background check from FBI and BCI.
Students interested in Social Work will enter with a pre-major code (ND6603).
To be admitted into the major, students must apply and be accepted after successful completion of the following admission requirements:
- “C” or better grade in SW 1000 and SW 2601C
- ENG 1510, BIOS 1030 or BIOS 1300, MATH 1200 or Math Placement 2, PSY 2110, PSY 2410 or EDEC 1600
- One course from two of these disciplines: ANTH, ECON, POLS, SOC
- 20 hours of human services volunteer work completed through SW 2601C
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
Upon successful completion of the above requirements, students may apply to the Social Work major following the guidelines in the Department of B.S.W. Program Handbook. Applications are submitted online by the end of the second week of the semester following completion of the admissions requirements.
Students may choose either a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree or a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B.A.S.W.) degree. Students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree must successfully complete a foreign language 2120 course (or its equivalent).
For more information about the College of Health Sciences and Professions:
- contact Sarah White in Grover Center W370
- call 740-593-9336
Honors Tutorial College
Transfer opportunities in the Honors Tutorial College are limited due to the academic requirements of the college and the tutorial nature of instruction.
- Students beyond the sophomore year are not often considered for admission. Typically, current OHIO students must apply by December 1 to be considered for transfer.
- Non-Ohio University students who seek to transfer must apply by the December 1 deadline along with other applicants.
In both cases, interested students should contact the Honors Tutorial College office for guidance.
For more information about HTC:
- visit 35 Park Place
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- call 740-593-2723
Students interested in entering one of the five Global Studies majors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students are required to study abroad or do an internship abroad for at least five weeks.
Students interested in declaring a certificate in Global Studies must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and may apply at any time during the semester.
For more information about the Center for International Studies:
- visit Yamada International House at 56 E. Union Street
- call 740-593-1840
- view International Studies in the Undergraduate Catalog
The Bachelor of Specialized Studies (B.S.S.) allows students to create a faculty-approved, individualized, multidisciplinary degree program tailored to their unique interests and needs. In conjunction with faculty and a B.S.S. Academic Advisor, students design an academic program that is further reviewed by an admissions committee.
- Athens campus students are required to attend a B.S.S. Information Session (offered regularly each semester) to discover opportunities available through the B.S.S. program and learn how to construct their degree. Post info session, students will receive an email with further information.
- After attending a B.S.S. Information Session, students may declare the pre-B.S.S. major code, and begin working individually with a B.S.S. advisor to shape their Specialized Studies degree and successfully complete the application process to fully enter the major.
- Application deadlines and additional information can be found at www.ohio.edu/uc/bss.
The Associate in Individualized Studies (A.I.S.) is a self-designed, 2-year degree program that mirrors the individualized bachelor’s degree. A separate application is required. Students must consult with an A.I.S. advisor to apply.
- Additional information can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/uc/associates/associate-individualized-studies-i-s.
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (B.C.J.) requires a completed applied associate’s degree in law enforcement or a related area and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Additional information can be found at www.ohio.edu/uc/bcj.
For more information about University College:
- visit Chubb Hall 140
- call 740-593-1935