HASS Majors & Dual Majors

Becoming a HASS Major!   

This information is for current RPI students! For prospective RPI students interested in becoming a HASS Major, please see RPI's Admission page.

 

This page will guide you through declaring a HASS Dual, or switching your major completely over to HASS! Scroll through to find what you need. 

 

But first!!!
Some HASS Programs (DSIS, GSAS) have a required application process. Rather than using the steps outlined below, please go right to their application page by clicking the button below.
 

DSIS Application for Current Students | Spring Deadline: May 15th

GSAS Application for Current Students | Spring Deadline: May 15th 

 

For all other HASS Majors...

Steps to become a HASS Major!

The following instructions apply to current students.  

  1. Meet with your current Academic Advisor to ensure that your major allows you to add a dual. Not all RPI degrees can conveniently merge with another program without extending your graduation date beyond the typical 4-year degree. Make sure you know what is possible before you begin! You might be looking at 5+ years to complete a dual. 
     
  2. Develop your Plan of Study! Use the Academic Catalog to review the academic requirements. You will need to complete a Plan a Study that will be reviewed by your current department and the HASS Department you are hoping to join. 
    1. NOTE: Ensure you review your cohort’s requirements! Use the drop-down menu (top right) to select the year that you began at RPI (For example, Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024). Using the wrong Catalog could result in a delayed graduation date. If you are unsure, ask!
    2. You can find Major Specific Plans of Study or a Blank Template on our website.
    3. Create a draft of your new Plan of Study and have it reviewed by your current advisor/department. 
       
  3. Meet with the HASS Hub! Bring your new Plan of Study to a one-on-one meeting with one of our Hub Advisors! It does not need to be finalized! We will provide feedback during your meeting.
    1. It may take a few conversations to finalize and fully merge the two degrees, especially for unusual combinations. This is normal! 
       
  4. Declare the Dual! Once you have approval on your Plan of Study from both Departments, fill out the Change of Major/Status form. You can submit this form to either the HASS Hub or your current Advisor via email. We will take it from there and shortly introduce you to your new HASS Advisor! 
    1. NOTE: Once the form is processed by the Registrar's Office, you will see your new dual added to DegreeWorks. It will adjust all your requirements to make it easier to track your degree progress! When in doubt, utilize the Plan of Study you developed through this process

 

The following instructions apply to current students.  

  1. Meet with the HASS Hub! Come to a one-on-one meeting with one of our Hub Advisors! We will tell you more about the major(s) you are interested in and help you begin a Plan of Study. 
     
  2. Develop your Plan of Study! Use the Academic Catalog to review the academic requirements. 
    1. NOTE: Ensure you review your cohort’s requirements! Use the drop-down menu (top right) to select the year that you began at RPI (For example, Rensselaer Catalog 2023-2024). Using the wrong Catalog could result in a delayed graduation date. If you are unsure, ask!
    2. You can find Major Specific Plans of Study or a Blank Template on our website.

      If all looks good to you, and you are ready to switch...
       
  3.  Declare your new HASS Major! You will need to fill out the Change of Major/Status form. You can submit this form to either the HASS Hub via email.  
    1. NOTE: Once the form is processed by the Registrar's Office, you will see your new major added to DegreeWorks. It will adjust all your requirements to make it easier to track your degree progress! When in doubt, utilize the Plan of Study you developed through this process

 

 

We are so excited to have you join us in HASS!

 

 

Contact

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