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Petition for Department Review to Change Major

Process for Smeal College of Business students to request a change of major within the college at end of Fall 2019 term.

In order to request a change of major, students must be enrolled in a Smeal College of Business major and currently taking coursework towards that major. 

Within Entrance to Major (ETM) Credit Window:

Students who are still within the entrance-to-major credit window (44.0 to 59.0 completed Penn State credits) should use the Update Academics module in LionPath to change their major within Smeal, subject to meeting entrance requirements for the requested major. 

Beyond the Entrance to Major (ETM) Credit Window:

Students with 59.1 or more completed Penn State credits desiring to change from one major to another within the Smeal College of Business must complete a Change of Major Petition Form and attach a letter explaining why the change of major is being requested.  Requests are considered on a space available basis without guarantee of approval.  Students must meet the academic entrance requirements of the desired major as established during the entrance to major period.  Academic performance in courses considered relevant to the major will be taken into consideration by the academic department housing the major.

Capacity Limits:

All programs are now at or over capacity, therefore choices are limited.  It is recommended that a student contact his or her assigned academic adviser regarding availability within specific majors.

The following major is NOT accepting new applicants due to overcapacity:

  • Finance (FIN) major

Process:

  1. Complete the Change of Major Petition Form and attach a letter explaining why the change of major is being requested.
  2. Submit a completed form and letter to your assigned academic adviser prior to the deadline.

Submission Deadline for Fall 2019 semester:

  • Students must submit the completed Change of Major Petition Form and attach a letter explaining why the change of major is being requested no later than Friday, December 13, 2019
  • No petitions will be accepted after this deadline. 
  • All petitions are reviewed at the end of the academic semester.
  • Students will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of this process by Friday, January 10, 2020.

Students requiring further information should contact the Smeal Advising Center at (814) 863-1947.