Choosing a Major
The Core Curriculum requirements allow students to explore a broad range of subjects, while the major and minor provide in-depth study of one or more fields. A major may require as few as 30 units and as many as 84 units. The exact number varies and is set by the academic department.
All students must declare a major or be in a pre-major by the time they complete 60 units. Students needing assistance with selecting a major may contact the Academic Advising Center. In order to add or change a major or minor, students must complete the Change of Major/Minor Form available online.
Please note that some terminology used in PeopleSoft and the catalog are interchangeable. For example: majors and minors are referred to as Academic Plans in PeopleSoft; concentrations and tracks are referred to as Academic Sub-Plans. Units are also referred to as credits.
A major consists of courses required of a particular discipline that may include both lower-level (100–200) and upper-level (300–400) courses within and outside the discipline. A grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher is required in all courses completed toward the major.
Concentration (MHEC Approved)
A concentration is a sequential arrangement of courses representing a specialized area of study within a program. A concentration requires a minimum of 24 units and should have enough unique units to distinguish it from the major, a track or another concentration. A concentration will appear on the student’s transcript as a Sub-Plan upon graduation.
Track (Towson University Approved)
A track is a sequential arrangement of courses representing a specialized area of study within a program. A track requires between 18 and 23 units; two-thirds of the units should be unique to that track and distinguish it from the major, a concentration or another track. No course can be common to all tracks and concentrations within a major. A track will appear on the student’s transcript as a Sub-Plan upon graduation.
A minor is an institutionally approved set of courses within a major area of study, or a separate, distinct thematic area of study consisting of at least 18, or no more than 30 units. A minimum of 12 units must be upper-level courses (300–400 numbered courses) and no more than 12 units can be taken outside of the minor or thematic discipline. A grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher is required in all courses completed toward the minor.
A double major requires the completion of all requirements for each of two majors.
A combined major enables a student to blend the requirements of two major fields, allowing students to take fewer units than if each major were completed separately.
Screened/ Competitive Majors
Some programs of study are screened. Students must meet certain academic and/or curricular criteria, such as completing prerequisite courses or attaining a specific grade point average, before they are admitted to these programs.
Other programs of study, while not officially approved screened majors, are competitive. Students must either submit a portfolio of work or audition before they are admitted to these programs. Examples of competitive majors include Art, Music and Dance.
The criteria are published in the applicable sections of this catalog. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to screened or competitive programs.