Ohio University

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.

The below information was copied from the OHIO Guide on October 12, 2018. Information may have changed since this was copied so check other sources as part of your planning.

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 listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

For more information about OHIO's College of 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 (CoB). The CoB reserves the right to limit transfer admission as necessary. These are the conditions under which students may transfer into the CoB to earn either a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree or a Bachelor of Sport Management (BSM) degree. 


Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 3.0 on at least 15 Ohio University semester hours. 

You must have successfully completed ENG 1510 or 1610 and ONE of the following courses with a grade of no less than “C”: ECON 1030 Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 1040 Principles of Macroeconomics.


Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 2.75 on at least 24 Ohio University semester hours.

You must have successfully completed ENG 1510 or 1610 and ONE of the following courses with a grade of no less than “C”: ECON 1030 Principles of Microeconomics or ECON 1040 Principles of Macroeconomics.

In addition to the above, International Students must provide documentation that confirms they have achieved ONE of the following: 

  • A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 525 (50+ on composition)
  • A grade of no less than “A-” in OPIE D970 “OPIE 8-Hour Bridge A” (formerly OPIE 56) 
  • 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” (formerly OPIE 61) 

Ohio University students may use the online application to apply for “next-semester” admission to the College of Business. The application will include a due date.

Residency Requirement: You must be enrolled in the college before your senior year to allow for the CoB 48-hour residency requirement. You must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at OHIO. 

Additional Notes from the COB

  • Current Ohio University students who have not completed the coursework listed above may be directly admissible to the College of Business without the courses listed above if they have achieved an ACT score of >=24 or an SAT score >=1090 and they have earned a high school GPA of at least 3.0 and they have achieved a cumulative Ohio University GPA of at least 2.75 on no fewer than 25 academic credit hours. 
  • Students transferring into the College of Business must complete the Copeland Core Learning Community (previously Bobcat Business) in their first term as a College of Business student. The LC includes BA 1000 (1), BA 1500 (2), and BA 1100 (3), plus a one credit hour LC Course. 

For more information about the College of Business:


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 Information and Telecommunication Systems 

For more information about the J. Warren McClure school, contact Hans Kruse 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).
  • Students should have completed at least 14 hours and earned a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher for admission. If the GPA is close to a 2.75, we will delay admission decisions until the posting of that term’s grades. GPA and an application essay, which must be concise with correct grammar and spelling, will be taken into consideration when making decisions about admission; therefore, a 2.75 overall GPA does not guarantee admission. Students must apply online. The online application is available from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15 to apply for spring semester admission and Feb. 1 to March 15 to apply for fall semester admission.
  • First-year students may apply between Feb. 15–March 15 for fall admission.

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

For more information about the J School, contact Transfer Committee Chair Elizabeth Hendrickson in Schoonover Center 227 at hendrice@ohio.edu or 740-593-4118.

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, Schoonover Center 223, 1 Ohio University Drive, Athens, OH 45701-2979.
  • 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 mediaschool@ohio.edu.

Students seeking transfer to the Pre-Media or any specific program area must have at least a 3.0 OHIO GPA. However, students with a GPA of 2.7 and above with extenuating circumstances are encouraged to apply as well. 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.

Prospective transfer students to MDIA must submit:

  • The transfer application
  • An up-to-date DARS
  • Two letters of recommendation (from professors, high school teachers, guidance counselors or job supervisors)
  • A statement of intent/purpose (what your career goals are and why MDIA will help you realize these goals)
  • Submission of a portfolio of work is optional

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 viscom@ohio.edu.

The following policy has been established by the School of Visual Communication as a means of selecting the best-qualified students for the program. The academic quality of the curriculum depends in part on maintaining enrollment at a number that can be effectively served by our faculty and our facilities. The school is dedicated to top-quality instruction, and this policy is one means to maintain that goal. 

The School of Visual Communication will consider applicants twice a year, and only when openings are available. A very limited number of openings usually occur in each major sequence each academic year. Please call the school to determine the status of transfer openings.

Students transferring with over 60 semester hours of credit will find it difficult to complete the school’s curriculum in 2 years.

Transfer sequence requirements for students inside the School of Visual Communication:

Students with 30 to 60 earned semester credit hours may apply to transfer sequences within the school after meeting with their advisor and making a written request to the school’s faculty. Faculty approval and available openings in the requested major sequence are required before students will be allowed to transfer sequences.

To apply to the VISCOM program, you must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of transfer.
  • Attend a transfer information session held at 10 a.m. on the 4th Friday of fall and spring semesters.
  • If there are openings in the sequence you are seeking, sign-up in Schoonover Center 250 during the 8th week for an interview time on the Friday of that week.
  • For the interview, bring a current copy of your DARS or transcript, a resume, three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent letter, and a portfolio.
  • Successful applicants will be enrolled conditionally, and then have two consecutive semesters to complete VICO 1000 and JOUR 1330 with a grade of C or better before final admission.

For more information about the Scripps College of Communication:

  • visit the Dean’s Suite in Room 100 of Schoonover Center for Communication
  • visit Scripps website
  • call 740-593-4883
  • Transfer Admission information is also in the Undergraduate Catalog


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 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 forche@ohio.edu
  • call 740-593-4400
  • visit 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.

Additional Notes from Russ College

  • 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


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.

School of Art + Design

For more information, contact Assistant Director for Student Services Rosemarie Basile in Seigfred Hall 528 at 740-593-4288

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 of 3.0 in all art classes. It is recommended you complete at least 3 Foundations courses (ART 1200, 1210, 1220, 1230) as well as 2 Art history courses (AH 2110, 2120, 2130) before applying.
  • To apply as a BA in Art History, you must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA and a minimum of 3.0 in art history classes you have completed. It is recommended you complete AH 2110, 2120, and 2130 before applying.

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 BFA majors (BFA Graphic Design, BFA Interior Architecture, BFA Studio Art), or the student may continue the pursuit of one of the BA degrees.

Dance Division, School of Dance, Film and Theater

For more information, contact Travis Gatling in Putnam Hall 137 at 740-593-1826

Acceptance to the BFA or BA degree programs and to the dance minor in choreography and performance is determined by audition. Please contact the Dance Division to arrange for an audition.

School of Music

For more information, contact Associate Director Matthew James in Glidden Hall at 740-593-4244

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

Theater Division, School of Dance Film and Theater

For more information, contact Merri Biechler, Assistant Director in Kantner 307 at 740-593-4818

Students first enroll as BA theater majors (BA5194) and complete requisite courses before applying for acceptance into a BFA major, or the student may continue pursuit of the BA in Theater degree (BA5194).

For more information about the College of Fine Arts:


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: exercise physiology, 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 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 1210-1220; 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.

Social Work

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, 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 BSW 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 (BSW) degree or a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) 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 and Human Services:


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 at 740-593-2723 or honors.college@ohio.edu.

For more information about HTC:

  • visit 35 Park Place
  • call 740-593-2723


International Studies

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. Additional information can be found at https://www.ohio.edu/global/cis/.

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


University College

The Bachelor of Specialized Studies (BSS) allows students to create a faculty-approved, individualized, multidisciplinary degree program tailored to their unique interests and needs. In conjunction with faculty and a BSS Academic Advisor, students design an academic program that is further reviewed by an admissions committee.

  • Athens Campus students are required to attend a BSS Information Session (offered regularly each semester) to discover opportunities available through the BSS program and learn how to construct their degree. Post info session, students will receive an email with further information.
  • After attending a BSS Information Session, students may declare the pre-BSS major code, and begin working individually with a BSS 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 (AIS) 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 AIS advisor to apply.

The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) 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