2018-2019 Catalog

Undergraduate Special Major/Minor


Since students must prepare a proposal in consultation with a faculty advisor and obtain approval from that advisor, and members of the Advisory Committee, before taking the courses comprising the major/minor, it is imperative that they do the necessary planning and paperwork as early as possible. Students should complete all lower division General Education requirements before beginning Special Major or Minor coursework.

Procedures for Declaring an Undergraduate Special Major or Minor

To initiate a Special Major or Minor, contact an appropriate faculty advisor directly. In consultation with this advisor, prepare a proposal for either the undergraduate Special Major or Minor Program.

The proposal must include:

  1. a written statement giving reasons for undertaking the Special Major or Minor in terms of academic and professional goals and explaining (a) why these goals cannot be met through the standard programs of the campus and (b) how they may be best pursued in a special program;
  2. The proposal is then forwarded to Graduate Studies for approval.  The student is not enrolled as a Special Major or Minor until this formal procedure is complete.

Graduation with Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with honors in Special Major provided he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty in the department or program in which the honors are to be awarded.