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Declare Your Major (OT) Hold

Declare Your Major (OT) Hold

It is CLA’s policy that students either declare a major or file a Plan for Major Declaration form once they have reached 45 or more semester credits. This includes both completed and in-progress credits.

The intent of the OT hold is not to force students to declare a major but rather to spur meaningful discussion between student and advisor and to encourage students to actively explore majors and careers.

When viewing your holds online, you will see this hold listed as “OT - CLA Declare Major.” In order to have the hold released, you must EITHER declare your major or file a Plan for Major Declaration form. This hold will prevent you from registering for next semester.

The processes for declaring a major is explained on the How to declare a major page.

Undecided about Major Choice If you are “undecided” about your major, then it is critical for you take an active role in exploring your interests, your skills, and potential careers. A number of campus resources exist to help you with this process, including the CLA Advising Office, 310 KPlz, and Career Services, 22 Solon Campus Center. If you are unable to make a major selection prior to next semester’s registration queue, you will be required to submit a Plan for Major Declaration form to the CLA Advising office. The OT hold will be released for one semester only.

Unable to Declare due to admissibility issue or other reason If for any reason you are unable to declare your major by the noted deadline, you will be required to submit a Plan for Major Declaration form in order to have the “CLA Declare Major” hold released for registration. The OT hold will be released for one semester only.

The Plan for Major Declaration form requires a description of your plan for declaring a major. It also requires that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your plan. The advisor’s signature must be included on the form when it is submitted to CLA Advising.

Questions or concerns about your status within the College of Liberal Arts or your degree progress should be directed to CLA Advising, at claadv@d.umn.edu or schedule an appointment in 310 KPlz.

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