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Academic Advising and Planning Center Major Declaration Policy

Declaring your major is instrumental to your academic success at the College of Charleston and will help you plan the most efficient and beneficial path to your degree. Currently enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate students must declare a major via Program of Study Management (POSM) no later than the second semester of their sophomore year (45-60 credit hours).

The deadline to declare a major for the Spring 2019 semester is Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for students meeting the following criteria:

  • You have earned 45 or more credit hours in residence at the College of Charleston


  • You are a transfer student who has a total of 45 or more overall earned credit hours


  • You are in progress toward junior rank (approaching 60 credit hours) this semester.  

What If I Miss the Deadline?

A "Missing Major Declaration" registration hold will be placed on your account prior to the registration period for Fall 2019 courses, prohibiting you from registering. In order to release this hold, you must either:

  • Declare your major in POSM, if you are decided


  • Meet with your academic advisor

If you receive the "Missing Major Declaration" registration hold more than once in subsequent terms, you must complete the entire major declaration process. This means that the registration hold will only be lifted after your major has been approved by the department and has been recorded in the system. If there are extenuating circumstances, contact the Academic Advising and Planning Center.  

How Do I Declare?

The Program of Study Management (POSM) system is an electronic workflow that allows students to manage their degree program(s) online in MyCharleston. Click POSM for more information on how to use this system.

What Should I do? I'm still undecided!

Your advisor can help you explore appropriate academic programs of study and prepare for the declaration of major in your chosen discipline. Schedule an advising appointment using Appointment Manager online or contact our office: 843.953.5981.

Attend the Choosing a Major Workshop offered by the Academic Advising and Planning Center and the Career Center. Please note that if you attend the Choosing a Major Workshop and do not declare by the deadline, you must also schedule an advising appointment with your advisor to remove your registration hold. The workshop is held in the Career Center on the 2nd floor of the Lightsey Center from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on these dates:

  • Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Attend the Majors and Minors Fair on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 on the Cougar Mall from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Speak personally with faculty, staff and student representatives from academic programs and campus resources in one location to learn about specific requirements for majors, minors, and career options.

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