Declaring & Changing Minors

When Should I Declare my Minors?

Enrollment in certain courses is restricted by specialization (majors/minors). Therefore, declaring your minors early will aid in a smoother course selection experience.

If you are coming to Guelph knowing your intended minors, we recommend declaring right away so they can be in place for your first course selection. If you are coming to Guelph to explore a bit, that's great too. If you have a particular area you are excited to explore, it's worth declaring as your minor to aid in course selection.

Students can change their minor(s) at any time by refilling in the declaration form. So there is no harm in declaring early, and changing your mind later.

Please be aware that your academic calendar year is the year you started your degree. You can opt to switch your calendar to a newer year, but you can never switch to an older year. 

How Do I Declare my Minors?

Declaring minors is done by completing an Undergraduate Schedule of Studies Change Request Form. The steps are as follows:

  1. Download the form digitally (requires Adobe Reader, Microsoft Edge, or another compatible PDF viewer).
  2. Fill out the form and ensure you have signed it.
    • See "How to Complete the Form" (below) for further clarification.
  3. You will then email it to the BAS Program Counsellor at
    • NOTE: If you are declaring Studio Art, CJPP (Criminal Justice & Public Policy) or FCS (Family and Child Studies) as a minor, please read "Special Cases" below.

How to Complete the Form

If you need help completing the form, please read the BAS Program Counsellor's official guide! Click here to view or download the guide.

Note: If the digital form is giving you troubles, some students choose to print the form and fill it out by hand. You can then scan it back as a PDF. A cool feature on iPhones is that you can take a picture of the paper through your "Notes" application, and it will save it as a PDF. No need for a scanner!

Special Cases: Studio Art, CJPP and FCS Minors

The Studio Art CJPP and FCS minors require that students complete a core set of courses and achieve a 70% average to declare them. Make sure you are following your proper academic calendar!