Selection of Area of Interest

All newly admitted freshmen, except those accepted into majors with approved limited access, are placed in the GEN (general program) category. At orientation, incoming freshmen are encouraged but not required to declare one of several areas of interest for which an advisor’s signature is not required. These areas of interest are listed on the Major/Minor Declaration Form, which is used for officially declaring an area of interest, major, minor, secondary education option, addition of major or minor, and change of major or minor. The forms are available from the Registrar’s Office, the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center, and online at http://www.stonybrook.edu/registrar

New freshmen who do not wish to declare an area of interest will remain in the GEN (general program) category. Those who have declared an area of interest may change to another area of interest.

By officially declaring an area of interest, the student indicates his or her preference, but it does not guarantee a place in any major that has limited acceptance.