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Sociology Change of Major

General Guidelines:

  • Review Cal Poly’s General Change of Major Policy in full

  • Students must complete at least one quarter at Cal Poly before entering into an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA).

  • Students must be able to graduate in a timely manner. A realistic quarter-by-quarter graduation plan may be required to demonstrate whether this is feasible.

  • Students are allowed 1 ICMA per major. Students who do not meet the conditions of their ICMA will not be issued another ICMA for that major.

Step 1: Research

Step 2: Complete Change of Major Inquiry Form

  • Complete the Change of Major Inquiry Form in your portal.

  • You will receive an email response from the department within 10 business days regarding next steps.

  • If you have been notified that you are Eligible to enter into an ICMA, proceed to Step 3. If you have been notified that you are Not Eligible to enter into an ICMA, contact the Mustang Success Center to review alternatives.

Step 3: Meet with Social Sciences Department Chair 

  • If you have been notified that you are Eligible to enter into an ICMA, you will need to make an appointment with the Department Chair to plan your transition:
  • If a student is granted an ICMA, it will not exceed two quarters and will require:
    • The completion of three SOC courses with the major GPA of 3.0.
    • The completion of STAT 217 with a C- or better.
    • A Cal Poly cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, or a term GPA of 3.0 or better in each of the last two consecutive quarters.
  • Once a student meets the terms of the ICMA, they are admitted to their intended major.
    • Students who do not meet the conditions of their ICMA will not be issued another ICMA for this major.

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