How do I declare a major/minor?: To declare a major or change from one major at the university into another you must meet certain criteria. Majors at Shippensburg are classified as either “impacted” or “non-impacted.” Students wanting to declare or change to a “non-impacted” major may submit a request form at any time during the semester. The change is subject to the approval of the dean of the college in which the new or intended major is located following a review of your academic record prior to the request.
Criminal Justice is classified as “impacted” and has limited enrollment. Your first step is to obtain, complete, and submit a change of major from your major department within the first three weeks of the semester. The major department will contact you regarding the status of your request. The major department will also notify the Registrar's Office of the major change and assign you a new academic advisor prior to registration. Acceptance into any major program at Shippensburg University is based upon space availability and specified GPA requirements.
Minors may also be “impacted” or “non-impacted.” In order to add/change a minor, the change of major/minor form must be completed and returned to the department within which the desired minor is located.
What are the requirements to become a Criminal Justice major/minor?: New incoming freshmen and transfer students (if criteria below is met) may declare criminal justice as their major prior to beginning classes at Shippensburg University. Currently enrolled students wishing to declare or change their major to criminal justice must complete the change of major/minor form and return it to the department within the first three weeks of the semester.
To declare Criminal Justice as a major, students must have a 2.75 QPA. Once students begin attending Shippensburg University, all major coursework must be completed at Shippensburg University.
To declare Criminal Justice as a minor, students must have a 2.5 QPA. Further, at least 50 percent of the minor must consist of coursework completed at Shippensburg University.