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FAQs

How do I change my major?

  1. Go to MyMap, "Tools", and click on "Change Major Request".
  2. Some majors require you to make an appointment and meet with a faculty member in your department to be cleared to add the major. If that is the case, you will get a YMessage notifying you of that requirement. You must arrange a meeting with the designated faculty member, and he or she will give you a form to submit to the LAAC to verify you are clear to add the major.
  3. If you have more than 90 BYU credit hours, you may submit a major change request form, but you must meet with your major advisor for it to be approved.
    • If it is an open major, the LAAC will approve it within 5 business days and you will be notified via YMessage.
  4. Once your major has been approved, you may plan your courses with MyMap.

*If you are required to meet with your advisor or a faculty member to obtain permission to add the major, you will need to do so within two weeks of your initial request or the system will automatically deny your major change request. If this happens, you will need to submit another “Change of Major Request” and obtain any forms needed.

I have one major in Humanities or FHSS. How do I add a double major in Humanities or FHSS?

  1. Fill out this petition form and meet with your primary major academic advisor.
    • The primary goal of the form and that meeting is to discuss the reasons and potential benefit of the secondary major in helping you reach your goals.
  2. Once you have made any needed adjustments to your petition, you will drop off the form (or email it) to the LAAC front desk. You will not have to meet with your second major advisor. Please note:
    • For the petition to be reviewed, you must complete the graduation plan, Statement of Intent, credit evaluation, and commit to graduate as planned.
    • The secondary advisor will review your graduation plan, check for accuracy, and then either deny or approve the secondary major petition.
  3. Because both majors are in our colleges, your form will go through the entire approval process within the LAAC office.
    • They will either approve or deny the petition.
      • If denied, your advisor may discuss other options to obtain your goals or corrections to your graduation plan.
      • If approved, you will be notified through Y-message and you may pick up your graduation plan from our office. You will see the double major added to your MyMap.

How do I add a Double Major in another college?

  1. Fill out this petition form and meet with your primary major academic advisor.
    • Discuss reasons for the secondary major (how this will benefit you and help you reach your goals).
  2. Once the paperwork is complete, and you have met with your primary advisor, set-up a meeting with the college advisement center of the proposed secondary major.
    • In order for the petition to be reviewed, you must complete the graduation plan, Statement of Intent, credit evaluation and commit to graduate as planned.
    • The secondary advisor will review your graduation plan, check for accuracy, and then either deny or approve the secondary major petition.
  3. Once the secondary advisor approves the second major, they will notify you to pick up your petition in their office to take it to your primary major advisement center. You will not need to make another appointment. Simply drop-off your form (or email it) to the front desk.
  4. The primary major advisement center will review your graduation plan and the second major advisor recommendations.
  5. They will either approve or deny the petition.
    • If denied, your advisor may discuss other options to obtain your goals.
    • If approved, you will be notified through Y-message and you can pick up your graduation plan from your primary advisement center. You will see the double major added to your MyMap.

Some majors (i.e. French, Spanish, etc.) need department permission before the double major is approved.

How Do I Add a Minor?

Students who desire a minor should declare it prior to completing 90 BYU credits; otherwise, they will need to meet with their Academic Advisor.

Contact your Academic Advisor to learn about minors that go well with your major.

  1. Once the minor is decided you must contact the advisement center for it to be added. Most minors are open and can be added right away, but some are not. Closed minor approval will go through the Academic Advisor for the minor. 

* Make the request through your major advisement center unless it is one of the following:

  1. Contact the Fine Arts and Communications Advisement Center for all minors in their College.
  2. Contact the Liberal Arts Advisement Center for the following minors: Editing, International Cinema Studies, and Russian.
  3. Please note: all teaching/education minors require that you have a teaching/education major.

I received an email that I need to meet with my graduation specialist to finish my graduation application. How do I meet with my graduation specialist? 

Contact your graduation specialist after you have registered for your last semester of classes. We highly recommend meeting with them before the add-drop deadline of your last semester to ensure you have fulfilled all your graduation requirements.

I missed the graduation deadline; can I still graduate this semester?

Please contact our graduation specialists and they will review your graduation requirements and help you with your application.

Can I participate in graduation ceremonies before or after I graduate?

Yes! While there are only ceremonies in April, you may request to walk in a ceremony other than the one to which you are assigned. You will need to fill out a Request to Walk form. It is important to note that you will NOT receive a confirmation email after submitting the form.

It is also important to note that your name will NOT be in the Convocation program.

Where can I get a Convocation program?

You can come into the Liberal Arts Advisement & Careers office and request a convocation program copy.

What if I want to walk in a different college's convocation or have someone walk with me?

To walk in a different college's Convocation, contact that college for permission and details. To have someone walk with you, have them fill out our Request to Walk form.

How long after graduation do I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to students anywhere between 3 to 8 weeks after their graduation date. Degrees will begin to be posted to records 2 weeks after the graduation date.

How does independent study work with graduation?

If you are finishing up your last courses via Independent Study, you will need to have your coursework finished before the Independent Study Deadline for your given graduation date. Usually, this deadline is about 3 weeks before graduation. You can find upcoming independent study deadlines here.

Where can I see my Academic Progress?

Check your Progress Report on MyMAP which will show you the progress in GEs and your major.

How do I withdraw from a class?

Students may withdraw from a class for various reasons (i.e. heavy class load, physical/mental health, internship opportunities, etc). Consult with your Academic Advisor before withdrawing from a class about the potential implications to your Financial Aid and Transcript. You do not need advisor approval to withdraw, as you can withdraw from classes through class registration on MyMAP. Once you withdraw, there will be a W on your transcript for that class.

Can my classes double count?

There are some major requirements that will double count with GE requirements. However, some programs do not allow double counting. Please talk with your Academic Advisor about double counting within your majors and minors.

Is there a form to help me map out my classes? 

Graduation Planning Worksheet

How can I request a substitution for a GE requirement?

Visit the GE Course Substitutions website to submit a petition.

How can I request a substitution for my major?

Contact Liberal Arts Advisement & Careers 801-422-3541 for more information specific to your major.

Can I take over 18 credits in Fall/Winter or over 9 in Summer/Spring?

If you desire to take over 18 credits a semester, contact our office for approval.

  • If your GPA is a 3.5 or above, we can allow you to take up to 21 credits.
  • If your GPA is under a 3.5, you will have to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your reasoning for exceeding the 18-credit allotment.

You must let the advisement center know EXACTLY how many credits you are wanting to take. For example: If you request 20 and only register for 19.5, the system will not allow you to add the class.
It is important to know that although you have approval for more than 18 credits, you will not be able to register for more than 18 credits until the first day of class.

What do I do if I have a Writing 150 hold?

This hold occurs when you have not completed the Writing 150 GE requirement during your first two semesters. Until the class is completed, there will be a hold on your account, and you will not be able to register for classes.
If you are trying to register for classes and need to remove the hold, contact the Advisement Center at 801-422-3541.
If you do not register for the WRTG 150 class before the add-drop deadline, the hold will be placed on your account again.