Declare your Program

All students in FASS are admitted into the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and are undeclared until they contact a department to formally declare a program (major, minor), usually by the time they have completed 60 units. There are benefits to declaring your program early and the requirements for program declaration are unique to each department.

Why is it important to declare a major or minor as early as possible?

  • Being declared means that you are "protected": students who have their major or two minors approved are not subject to fulfilling any requirements introduced subsequent to their major or minor declaration.
  • Your access to upper division courses may be improved by being declared: some disciplines reserve seats for students who are approved into their major or minor during the first three weeks of enrolment. Psychology, for example, reserves 100% of their upper division seats for students in an approved Psychology major or minor.

Which courses and CGPA are required? Is there a timeline for major or minor declaration?

The minimum overall CGPA requirement to declare a program in FASS is 2.0. Some programs may have higher CGPA requirements.

Anthropology

  • final lower division required course in progress or completed (see required courses for the major and minor programs)
  • SFU SA CGPA and CUDGPA of at least 2.0
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Anthropology advisor

Behavioural Neuroscience

  • completion of the required five lower division courses (Set 1)
  • a C- minimum grade is required in each of the five courses, except for PSYC 201W, where a minimum C grade is required
  • minimum CGPA of 2.2, calculated on the five lower division required courses
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Psychology advisor by June 1st for Fall term, October 1st for Spring term, or February 1st for Summer term

Cognitive Science

Criminology

  • Major: completion of the required 31 lower division units with minimum C- grades
  • Minor: completion of at least 30 total units, including the required 9 lower division CRIM units with minimum C- grades
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.25 (college transfer students who meet the CRIM declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes)
  • contact the Criminology advisor

Economics

  • Major: completion of at least 30 units, including ECON 103, ECON 105, ECON 201 and MATH 157 with minimum C- grades, plus a SFU CGPA of at least 2.6
  • Minor: completion of at least 30 units, including ECON 103 and ECON 105 with minimum C- grades, plus a SFU CGPA of at least 2.4
  • SFU ECON/BUEC CGPA of at least 2.0
  • Contact the Economics advisor

English

  • completion of two 100-level ENGL courses 
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the English advisor

French

  • Major: completion of one SFU French course
  • Extended minor in French Studies and minor in French Language: contact the French advisor to determine eligibility and requirements 
  • SFU FREN CGPA and CUDGPA of at least 2.0
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the French advisor

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Gerontology

  • completion of 60 units, including GERO 300 with a minimum C grade (or GERO 101 with a minimum B grade or two of the prerequisite courses)
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Gerontology advisor

Global Asia

  • completion of or enrolment in 6 required lower division GA units, including GA 101, an Asian language course or a lower division GA elective course
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Global Asia advisor

History

  • completion of one History course
  • SFU HIST CGPA and CUDGPA of at least 2.0
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the History advisor

Humanities

  • completion of two lower division Humanities courses
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Humanities advisor

Indigenous Studies

  • completion of a minimum of three INDG courses (students are encouraged to complete INDG 101 and 201W)
  • INDG CGPA of at least 2.0
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Indigenous Studies advisor

International Studies

  • Major: completion of at least 30 units, including IS 101 and two of IS 200, IS 210, IS 220, IS 230, IS 265, with minimum C- grades and a CGPA of at least 2.7 (this CGPA may change in future terms)
  • Minor: completion of IS 101, one of ECON 102 or 105, and two of IS 200*, 210**, 220***, 230, 265 with minimum C- grades and a CGPA of at least 2.5 (this CGPA may change in future terms)
  • declare the major or minor by the first day of the term - submit a copy of your advising transcript, showing final grades for the term, sorted by term and subject, to the International Studies advisor. Please specify your intended concentration.
  • Notes:
    * required for concentration 1
    ** required for concentration 2
    *** required for concentration 3

Italian Studies

  • enrolment in one SFU Italian course
  • SFU ITAL CGPA of at least 2.0
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Italian Studies advisor

Labour Studies

Legal Studies

  • completion of at least 30 total units, including the required 9 lower division CRIM units with minimum C- grades
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.25 (college transfer students who meet the Legal Studies declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes)
  • contact the Legal Studies advisor

Linguistics

  • completion of LING 220 with a grade of at least C+
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.4
  • contact the Linguistics advisor

Philosophy

  • completion of one Philosophy course
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Philosophy advisor

Police Studies

  • completion of at least 30 total units, including the required 9 lower division CRIM units with minimum C- grades
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.25 (college transfer students who meet the Legal Studies declaration requirements upon admission to SFU may use their admission CGPA for declaration purposes)
  • contact the Police Studies advisor

Political Science

  • Major: completion of one of POL 100 or 101W, POL 200, POL 201 and POL 210 with minimum C grades
  • Minor: completion of 12 lower division POL units, including one of POL 100 or 101W, with minimum C grades
  • SFU POL CGPA and CUDGPA of at least 2.0
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Political Science advisor

Psychology

  • Major: completion of PSYC 100, 102, 201W and 210, with a minimum C grade in PSYC 201W
  • Minor: completion of PSYC 100, 102 and 201W, with a minimum C grade in PSYC 201W
  • must declare before the enrolment period (by March 1st, July 1st and November 1st)
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Psychology advisor

Sociology

  • final lower division required course in progress or completed (see required courses for the major and minor programs)
  • SFU SA CGPA and CUDGPA of at least 2.0
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the Sociology advisor

World Literature

  • completion of two lower division World Literature courses
  • SFU CGPA of at least 2.0
  • contact the World Literature advisor