Need to change your minor or find out what you need to do to graduate? We’ll walk you through some of the most common tasks you might need to perform as a College of Arts and Sciences student. You can also learn more about College policies.
- Find a major, minor, or certificate
You have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a major, minor, or certificate in the College. The College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin contains a list of approved outside minors in other schools. (Be sure to choose the correct bulletin.)
Not sure what you want to do? The College offers an Exploratory option that allows you to fulfill general requirements while taking courses in your potential major areas.
Have questions? Talk to an academic advisor in the department in which you’re interested.
- Change your major or declare a second major
To change your major or declare a second major, you must first meet with an academic advisor for the department offering the major you wish to declare.
- Add a minor
You can graduate with up to three minors on your record. You can apply online for some minors, including:
- Business, marketing, entrepreneurship and small business management, or financial literacy (Note: If you’re majoring in telecommunications, you must speak to an advisor before applying for a business minor)
- Educational studies, counseling, or international and comparative education
- Informatics, human-centered computing, information technology, intelligence studies, or security informatics
- Medical sciences
- Music studies
- Environmental management, environmental science and health, healthcare management and policy, human resource management, information systems, law and public policy, public management, nonprofit management, policy studies, public and environmental affairs, public finance, arts management, urban planning and community development, or education policy
- Environmental health, exercise science, gerontology, global health promotion, human development and family studies, nutrition, obesity and health, public health, or youth development
- Labor studies or social welfare advocacy
For all other minors, you must meet with an academic advisor for the department(s) in which you wish to minor, and he or she will process the minor application on your behalf.
- Drop a second major or a minor
You can drop a second major or any minor online.
- Earn a second bachelor’s degree
In certain cases, you may be a candidate for a second bachelor’s degree. Admission to second degree candidacy is a selective process, and you must meet all eligibility requirements to apply. You must complete all degree requirements for both the College of Arts and Sciences and for the major(s) you are pursuing.
There are two types of second degrees: concurrent, or earned simultaneously with a first degree; and sequential, or earned subsequent to a first degree earned at IU Bloomington or elsewhere. The procedure you should follow depends on whether you are interested in pursuing a concurrent or sequential degree.
Pursue a concurrent second degree
Meet with the academic advisor for your intended second major to discuss your eligibility and rationale for pursuing a second degree. Before meeting with the advisor, complete the second bachelor’s degree application.
Concurrent applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Pursue a sequential second degree
Contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org to request application information. You must be prepared to provide a compelling rationale for pursuing a second bachelor’s degree and evidence of your commitment to completing the second degree if you are admitted.
If you currently hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to further your education in the same field or a closely related field, consider working toward admission to a graduate program instead of seeking a second bachelor’s degree.
- Domestic students: April 1 for a fall start and November 1 for a spring start
- International students: April 1 for a fall start and September 15 for a spring start
Find everything you need to know about graduating.
- Drop or add classes
See Student Central for information about how to drop or add a class.
If you need to drop a class after the automatic W deadline, talk to your advisor first. Petitions for withdrawals after the automatic W deadline will not be authorized by the dean except for urgent reasons beyond your control (such as illness or equivalent distress). The desire to avoid a low grade is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal from a course.
- Take a class pass/fail
Obtain a pass/fail form from your academic advisor. He or she must sign the form before you submit it to the Recorder’s Office.Read the College’s pass/fail policies in the bulletin Choose a different year’s bulletin
- “X” a class on your transcript
Contact your academic advisor before retaking a course. Complete and submit the Extended-X petition prior to graduation, during the semester in which you retake the course, or after you have taken the course the second time.
Note: An Extended-X petition affects your official transcript only. The grade you earned on the course the first time, as well as any subsequent times you take the class, will be averaged into your College GPA.Read the College’s Extended-X policy in the bulletin Choose a different year’s bulletin
- Get your Academic Advisement Report
Find everything you need to know about your Academic Advisement Report.
- Get your transcript
See Student Central for information about getting a copy of your transcript.
- Remain in good academic standing
If your fall or spring semester College GPA falls below 2.000, you will be placed on academic probation and a letter will be sent to you regarding your academic situation. If you are experiencing academic difficulties, please speak with an academic advisor in your major department right away. Continued poor academic performance may result in dismissal from the College.Learn more about academic standing Choose a different year’s bulletin
- Find out what happens if you’ve been dismissed
If you’ve received a dismissal letter, you may have questions. We’ve compiled an extensive list that addresses:
- Dismissal definitions and standards
- Readmission petitions, eligibility policies, procedures and timelines
- General considerations and strategies for improving academic performance and getting readmitted
- Petition for readmission
To petition for readmission, you must first hold a conference with the College’s assistant dean for undergraduate retention and achievement by one of the following deadlines:
- For fall readmission: prior to June 1
- For spring readmission: prior to September 10
To schedule an appointment, call 812-855-1647 or 812-855-8245.
Contact the Recorder’s Office at 812-855-1821 or email@example.com.