The undergraduate major is an extensive program of study in a designated subject area. Undergraduate majors consist of a minimum of 36 credits, 24 of which must be upper-division courses. A formal aggregate of courses in designated primary subject areas/disciplines in which a student commits to gaining in-depth knowledge, skills, competence, and understanding through a coherent pattern of courses. Undergraduate majors are approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).
A graduate major is the area of academic specialization, approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, in which the student chooses to qualify for a graduate degree. Upon completion of a graduate degree, the degree awarded and the graduate major are listed on the student's transcript. To create or change an undergraduate or graduate major or certificate, academic units must submit a Course or Program Proposal. A program proposal is necessary to do any of the following:
Rename a major
Move responsibility for an academic program
Merge or split an academic unit
Terminate a degree, certificate, or academic unit
Suspend or reactivate a degree, certificate, or academic unit