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When and How to Declare


When to declare

The requirements for declaring vary by faculty and program.

  • BA students
    • Use your first and second years to explore your options.
    • Look at the requirements for the majors you're considering.
    • Plan to take the core second-year required courses in second year to stay on track while trying to decide.
    • You can declare your major at any time after you have completed 5 full credits (30 credit hours).
    • Some programs require you to declare to be able to register for their required courses.
    • If you are unsure of your major, meet with an academic advisor for help in exploring your options.
  • BSc students
    • Declare your major as soon as you have completed 5 full credits (30 credit hours).
    • Some programs require you to declare to be able to register for their required courses.
    • If you are unsure of your major, meet with an academic advisor for help in exploring your options.
  • BComm/BMgmt students
    • Students enrolled in the Commerce Co-op or Management program will declare a major closer to the end of their program.
  • All other programs
    • Academic Advisors in your department/school can provide information and advice on specific program requirements.

How to declare your major (and minor if applicable)

  1. Login to Dal Online
  2. In Web for Students, click on Admissions
  3. Click on Declare Your Major
  4. Fill out all relevant fields (major, double major, minor) and submit the form

If you experience any problems with the online form, contact the Registrar's Office at (902) 494.2450 or email: studentonline@dal.ca.

Honours/Combined honours

If you are planning to enter the honours program, you need to complete an honours application form in consultation with your honours advisor. Once approved by your honours advisor, the form is submitted to the Registrar's Office in order to update your record. If you are applying to do combined honours, you need to meet with advisors in both departments and get their approval. Minors do not require departmental approval.

The deadline to submit the honours application form is the same as the course add/drop deadline in September of fourth year (see Important Dates), although some departments may accept them as early as third year.

Questions about declaring?

If you have questions about declaring, phone (902) 494.3077 to make an appointment or login to MyDal and book online through the Learning Resources tab.