Academic

Major

    Major

    There are many ways to majoring: single major, double major, combined major, minor major, interdisciplinary and student designed major. (Student designed major can only be chosen by College of Liberal Studies students. Other students can choose it as a minor.)

    The single major is having one major while the double major and combined major refer to an independent major that provides a separate convergence program by combining 2 or more departments and majors. Additionally, the double major is the completion of 2 existing majors while the combined major is the completion of a new major created by combining 2 departments. Unlike the double major, the minor major is the completion of a different major with a lower proportion than the original major of the student. The interdisciplinary is the completion of a major established by the expansion of the curriculum by a department with the curriculum of another department. The student designed major is also available where the student composes a curriculum for approval by the dean.

    Application of such majors requires the student to complete at least 2 regular semesters* and at least 33 credits. Each department are accepting major applications during specific periods before each semester and applications are approved according to the internal criteria of each department. The number of students is within the junior year capacity of each department.

    Credit Requirements and Remarks

    Single Major (Single degree granted)
    • Completion of at least 60 department major course credits
    Double major (Dual degrees granted)
    • At least 39 department major course credits + at least 39 double major credits
    Combined major (Dual degrees granted)
    • At least 39 department major course credits + at least 39 combined major credits
    Complete the major of the affiliated department and complete the major of 1 of the 2 major types
    (Single degree granted; Written with the affiliated/department major)
    1. Affiliated department major + minor
      - At least 39 department major course credits + at least 21 minor credits
    2. Affiliated department major + combined major
      - At least 39 department major course credits + at least 21 combined major credits
    Refer to the internal department requirements for details

    Double Major

    Double majors allow students to broaden the scope of their course selection, widen their areas of knowledge and create wider academic horizons. Students studying double majors must complete two or more major programs, including their core major curriculum.

    Eligibility and Application Period

    To apply to one of these programs, students must be in one of the majors that participate in a combined major program. Students also must have been registered for more than four semesters, earned more than half of the credits needed for graduation and obtained a GPA of 2.7 or above in the preceding semester. Students undertaking minor or multiple major studies are not eligible for this program.

    Credit Requirements

    Students must complete a minimum of 39 credits of major courses as specified by the relevant departments of the combined major program and obtain a GPA of 2.0 or above. Within a combined major program, courses overlapping are not counted more than once.

    Application Procedures & Cancellation

    Students must obtain approval from their academic advisor, department head and the relevant college of their combined major and submit a combined major application form and their transcript to the combined major supervisor during the application period. The application period is two weeks before the end of the 2nd semester. Students undertaking combined major studies will receive instructions on combined major courses and completion procedures from the combined major program advisor. If students decide to cancel their combined major studies, they are required to submit their cancellation form two weeks before the beginning of a semester.

    Combined Major

    A combined major is a program that combines at least two major programs offered by two or more departments, or a curriculum proposed by a student which is approved by the university. Currently there are two combined major programs, which are the program in Information and Multimedia Culture and the program in Technology Management.

    Applicant Qualifications & Application Period for Combined Major

    To apply to one of these programs, students must be in one of the majors that participate in a combined major program. Students also must have been registered for more than four semesters, earned more than half of the credits needed for graduation and obtained a GPA of 2.7 or above in the preceding semester. Students undertaking minor or multiple major studies are not eligible for this program.

    Credit Requirements

    Students must complete a minimum of 39 credits of major courses as specified by the relevant departments of the combined major program and obtain a GPA of 2.0 or above. Within a combined major program, courses overlapping are not counted more than once.

    Application Procedures & Cancellation

    Students must obtain approval from their academic advisor, department head and the relevant college of their combined major and submit a combined major application form and their transcript to the combined major supervisor during the application period. The application period is two weeks before the end of the 2nd semester. Students undertaking combined major studies will receive instructions on combined major courses and completion procedures from the combined major program advisor. If students decide to cancel their combined major studies, they are required to submit their cancellation form two weeks before the beginning of a semester.

    Minor

    Application Periods and Qualifications for Minor Completion

    Students can apply for a minor at the beginning of each semester after completing a minimum of 33 credits.

    Credit Requirements

    Credits for students’ minor studies completion should comply with the completion regulations that have been designated by the minor department, provided that the students have earned at least 24 credits (40 credits or more for the College of Law), including those for core courses and obtained a GPA of 2.0 or above.

    For the class of 2008 and subsequent classes, the minimum credits required are 21 credits. Students may petition for course credit for minor courses completed before the acceptance of minor studies.

    However, students completing any education curriculum or teacher training course in any other department must earn a minimum of 34 credits, 30 credits of which must be from core courses (including 14 credits or more in basic courses) and 4 credits from education-for-subject courses. Note that the class of 2008 and subsequent classes cannot obtain the qualification for teaching from minor studies in a college.

    Application Procedures & Cancellation

    At the beginning of each semester, students should obtain approval from their department head and submit their application form for minor studies with their transcript, to the dean of the college in which they want to undertake their minor studies. This application must be submitted within the first quarter of the semester of application.

    Students undertaking minor studies will receive instructions on the minor courses and completion procedures from the relevant department head. If students decide to cancel their minor studies before completion, they must submit their cancellation form within the first quarter of the semester.

    Change of Major

    A change of major refers to leaving the affiliated department and transferring the student register to another department. There are a number of restrictions for changing the major. First, the College of Education limits change of major to the departments within the college and departments outside this college allow for change of major to outside the College of Education. Also, change of major from any department to the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine is not possible and change of major to the College of Pharmacy is only possible for students who are admitted. The number of such changes or transfers is limited to within 20% of the admission capacity of each admissions category. The application period for change of major is at the end of each academic year. Change of major applications can only be submitted by juniors and seniors and the following are the qualifications for each year.

    Junior (year 3) - Registered 4 or 5 semesters and completed at least 65 credits and less than 98 credits.
    Senior (year 4) - Registered at least 6 semesters and completed at least 98 credits and less than 130 credits.

    Change of Major (Department Transfer)

    Within the university, a student may change his/her major upon petition. The student then will belong to another department.

    Permission Conditions

    Permission to change one’s major is allowed for students who have registered for at least four semesters as of the end of the applicable academic year and who have earned a total amount of credits equivalent to completion of their 2nd year (66 credits), but who have earned less than a total amount of credits equivalent to completion of their 3rd year (98 credits). The number of transferring students may not exceed 20% of each department’s admission capacity. Details are announced one month prior to each academic year.

    Students from the departments of the College of Education can only change to majors in other departments within the College of Education. Students from other Colleges can change to any departments of colleges other than the College of Education, the College of Medicine, the College of Dentistry, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Nursing.

    Procedures

    Any student wishing to change their major must submit the specified application form, a letter of approval from the dean of his or her college and his or her transcript to the dean of the proposed new college.

    Caution

    Students should keep in mind that their enrollment term includes all previous years of enrollment. Students are required to complete their studies within the enrollment term, so students need to check whether they are able to complete their curriculums after they have changed their major. Course completion after changing one’s major must comply with the curriculum regulations of the department into which the student has transferred. Students who wish to change their major may apply for only one major. Applying for two or more majors will result in denial of all applications.

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