Procedure for changing or adding a specialization

Procedure for changing or adding a specialization 
This is the procedure for changing or adding an Area of Concentration, Major, or Minor. To complete a certificate, please see the certificates page. Please note that some Majors and Minors do not have “direct entry” and require additional approvals to declare. *


To change or add a specialization, complete the following steps:

  • Email baco@uoguelph.ca to indicate that you would like to change or add a specialization. Please include your name, student ID number, and your current program. We will process the paperwork for you.For example: My name is Guelph Gryphon, ID #000000, and I am currently a BA honours degree student with a Major in Sociology. I would like to declare a Minor in Political Science.
  • Any questions about specific courses in your Major, Minor or Area of Concentration should be directed to the Faculty Advisor for the specialization.

*Specializations that do not have direct entry or require additional approvals to declare

Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CJPP) – To declare a Major or Minor in CJPP, you must first earn a 70% average across six courses. Click here for more information. Please email cjpp@uoguelph.ca if you are having difficulty accessing courses, and/or to gain approval to declare a CJPP Major or Minor.

Upon receiving departmental approval to declare a CJPP Major or Minor, please forward that approval via email to baco@uoguelph.ca. In your email to baco@uoguelph.ca, please indicate that you would like to change or add a specialization. Please include your name, student ID number, and your current program. We will process the paperwork for you.

Family and Child Studies (FCS) Minor– To declare a Minor in FCS, you must first earn a 70% average across three courses. Click here for more information. Please email franwork@uoguelph.ca if you are having difficulty accessing courses, and/or to gain approval to declare a FCS Minor.

Upon receiving departmental approval to declare an FCS Minor, please forward that approval via email to baco@uoguelph.ca. In your email to baco@uoguelph.ca, please indicate that you would like to change or add a specialization. Please include your name, student ID number, and your current program. We will process the paperwork for you.

Note: BA degree students cannot Major in FCS. For information about completing an internal transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, please click here.

Studio Art (SART) – To declare a Major or Minor in SART, you must first earn a 70% average across three courses. Click here for more information. Please email
facultyadvisorstudioart@uoguelph.ca if you are having difficulty accessing courses, and/or to gain approval to declare a SART Major or Minor.

Upon receiving departmental approval to declare a SART Major or Minor, please forward that approval via email to baco@uoguelph.ca. In your email to baco@uoguelph.ca, please indicate that you would like to change or add a specialization. Please include your name, student ID number, and your current program. We will process the paperwork for you.

International Development Studies–  You must declare an Area of Emphasis in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. If your Major is IDS, you must declare an Area of Emphasis in consultation with the Faculty Advisor before declaring a Minor from another subject area.

Upon receiving departmental approval to declare an IDS Area of Emphasis, please forward that approval via email to baco@uoguelph.ca. In your email to baco@uoguelph.ca, please indicate that you would like to change or add a specialization. Please include your name, student ID number, and your current program. We will process the paperwork for you.

Mathematical Science (MSCI) – A student wishing to declare this Major must first consult the Faculty Advisor.  You  must also declare an Area of Emphasis in consultation with the Faculty Advisor. A Major in MSCI cannot be combined with a Minor in Mathematical Science, Mathematics, or Statistics. There is no MSCI Minor.

If your Major is MSCI, you must declare an Area of Emphasis in consultation with the Faculty Advisor before declaring a Minor from another subject area.

Upon receiving departmental approval to declare an MSCI Major and Area of Emphasis, please forward that approval via email to baco@uoguelph.ca. In your email to baco@uoguelph.ca, please indicate that you would like to change or add a specialization. Please include your name, student ID number, and your current program. We will process the paperwork for you.

Further Considerations

You can add a specialization at any time during your degree. However, the earlier you declare your specialization the better. This is because the courses in each specialization must follow a specific sequence. Many courses have prerequisites and may be offered in specific semesters only.

Some specialization combinations may require you to complete more than 20 credits to graduate, given the number of required courses. Depending on the timing of course offerings, you may also need to complete additional semester(s) to satisfy the requirements.

When you declare a specialization, WebAdvisor may grant you priority access to required courses during the course selection period.

If you are interested in having more than one specialization, please note the double-counting requirements.