Major Declaration

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I. Submit a Petition for Major/Minor via MyUCSC

Log into MyUCSC (very important first step!) and submit a Petition for Major/Minor.
This petition can also be accessed by navigating to the Student Homepage in MyUCSC and selecting the Undergraduate Student eForms tile > Petition for Major/Minor.

II. Create a Jewish Studies Major Plan of Study

If you don't already have one, copy a Jewish Studies Major Planning Worksheet to your UCSC Google Drive.

Add your completed, in-progress, and planned Jewish studies courses to your major planning worksheet. Use the 2023-2024 Jewish Studies Courses list to identify Jewish Studies courses you'd like to take in Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024.

Major requirements that you intend on completing after Spring 2024 may be left blank on your worksheet.

III. Meet with a Jewish Studies Faculty Advisor

Share your completed major planning worksheet with a Jewish Studies faculty advisor to review and discuss your proposed plan of study. You may be advised to modify your plan to achieve greater breadth or concentration. Obtain your advisor's digital signature on your Jewish Studies Major Planning Worksheet.

Jewish Studies Faculty Advisors

Nathaniel Deutsch, Professor of History
Alma Heckman, Associate Professor of History
Bruce Thompson, Lecturer in History and Literature

IV. Submit Your Jewish Studies Major Plan

Share your approved Jewish Studies Major Planning Worksheet with the History Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Make sure the "Notify people" box is checked!

You are now officially declared!

OPTIONAL: Double Major or Minor Declaration

To declare a double major or a minor, you must also complete a UCSC Academic Planning Form with both of your major/minor advisors. If you don't already have one, the History Undergraduate Program Coordinator will provide you with a signed UCSC Academic Planning Form.

To add Jewish studies as a second declared major, your UCSC Academic Planning Form must be current and up to date: reviewed and approved by your first major advisor within the last academic quarter. You may need to update your UCSC Academic Planning Form with your first major advisor before petitioning to declare Jewish studies as a second major.


Major Declaration Deadlines

Students who enter UCSC as frosh are required to declare a major before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). Upper division transfer students are required to declare a major before the end of their second term at UCSC. Consult the UCSC Academic and Administrative Calendar for the quarterly "Declaration/Change of Major/Minor" deadline. Students who do not declare a major by the aforementioned deadlines will not be able to enroll in their classes for the following term.

Questions about declaring the Jewish studies major? Contact the History Undergraduate Program Coordinator.