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Majors and Degrees


Students may choose from over 126 majors in a wide variety of disciplines offered through the undergraduate degree programs of the College of Letters and Science, School of the Arts and Architecture, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, Herb Alpert School of Music, School of Nursing, and School of Theater, Film, and Television. For a complete list of major programs and degrees, see the table in the front of this catalog.

Planning a Major

New students should obtain academic counseling before enrolling in classes at UCLA. Counselors can help new students formulate degree objectives based on interests, abilities, and career goals. As students begin to decide on a major, counselors can help them start fulfilling College or school requirements as well as the department requirements necessary for completion of the degree program.

Declaring a Major

Regulations and procedures for declaring a major vary for the College and each school. Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare a major in their freshman year and can attend with an undeclared major until the end of their sophomore year. Certain schools require students to choose a major when applying for admission, or require early declaration. Check specific policies for declaration with the school or department adviser.

All students must declare a major by the beginning of their junior year (90 quarter units). To declare a major, obtain a Petition to Declare a Major at the College or school office. There is no fee for the petition.

Capstone Majors and Programs

Capstones are designed to be the culmination of a UCLA undergraduate experience. Capstones range from yearlong sequences of courses or tutorials to a single seminar, and from honors theses to comprehensive seminar projects or internships. They may be based in tutorials, laboratories, advanced courses, or seminars, and may include either individual or team-based projects. Requirements vary among the college and schools. Capstone majors and programs are identified throughout the Curricula and Courses chapter of this catalog. See the Capstone Initiatives website for more information.

Capstone Options

Four types of capstone options represent different expectations for student engagement and independence. Some students might complete capstones of more than one type. For example, having completed an advanced seminar, a student might decide to engage in independent study or an honors project.

Honors Thesis or Project

In a multi-term program, students conduct independent research, laboratory, writing, or other work guided or mentored by faculty. The program culminates in a formal thesis or project that can be granted department honors.

Individual Major

Highly motivated students who find that no single major accommodates their specific interest in a given subject may propose their own major. Proposals are designed with faculty guidance and sponsorship, and thoroughly examined for cogency, completeness, and academic merit.

Individual Project

Students may propose an individual project or paper as the culmination of an upper-division contract course they create with their instructors.

Senior Seminar or Advanced Project

Students may enroll in an advanced senior seminar or project course that requires a comprehensive term paper, performance, or product design.

Individual Majors

Highly motivated students who find that no single major accommodates their specific interest in a given subject may propose designing their own major. Proposals are prepared with faculty guidance and sponsorship and are thoroughly examined for cogency, completeness, and academic merit. Requirements for individual majors vary among the College and schools.

Changing Majors

Changing majors requires the approval of the department of the new major. Changing majors involving a change in College or school requires the approval of the College or school. To change majors, obtain a Program Change Petition at the department office or online.

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