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Choosing your major, specialization or discipline

By the end of your first year, you should have some idea of the particular field you are interested in.

Why should I declare a major and specialization?

  • You will be eligible for more specific scholarships, awards or grants
  • You will know what courses you should register for in the coming terms
  • You will receive communications that are reserved for students only in those programs
  • If you aren't 100% sure about your choice, you can change at any time

How do I choose?

Review the program options for the Saint John campus and take a look at the required courses in the degree checklists. What courses did you enjoy this year? What didn’t you enjoy?

Sometimes it’s a matter of choosing your best fit for now - you can change majors/disciplines (even after declaring). If you are having a hard time choosing between subjects, you might want to consider minor options to reflect your interests.

The best plan is to start out with one and modify as necessary.

How and when do I apply?

Engineering students: Submit the program transfer form to the Registrar’s Office before the end of the first term.

Computer science students: Submit the online form in your third year.

Students from all other majors: Submit the online form in the winter of your first year.

Other information you need to know

Update your program checklist

You are responsible for meeting your own graduation requirements. The best way to keep track is to maintain an updated checklist to make sure you're not missing anything.

Make a course plan

You can register for next year's courses as soon as registration opens in March. Plan ahead for things such as:

  • upper-level courses offered in alternating years
  • eligibility to take the course (i.e. pre-requisites/co-requisites)
  • whether the course counts toward your degree 

    (e.g. you don’t already have a course listed as a credit exclusion)

Check-in

Reach out with an advisor at least once a year.

Think ahead

Ask information related to your next steps:

  • upper year course content
  • honours programs
  • graduate school
  • letters of reference
  • professional experience

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