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Major Preparation

Many Western majors have more stringent admissions requirements than those required for entry to the university. As a prospective transfer student, you should familiarize yourself with the requirements of your intended major and include prerequisite coursework in your college curriculum prior to transfer. Review all of the courses listed for your intended Western major to determine if they can be taken at your current college. Since many of the majors at Western have pre-admissions requirements, it is to your benefit to complete the required lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses for your major prior to transferring. Doing so will reduce the number of courses you need to take at Western and improve your chances of admission.

The Academic Planning pages in the Transfer Planning Guide are designed to familiarize you with program prerequisites, course recommendations, and admissions requirements for each of Western's programs and majors. To receive a paper copy of this publication, submit the online information request form. Major Planning Guides for individual Western majors are also available.

If you will earn a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree from a community college prior to transfer, you should include major prerequisite coursework whenever possible in fulfilling associate degree requirements. If you are planning to transfer without the DTA associate degree, you are similarly encouraged to use major prerequisite coursework to fulfill general education requirements.

To minimize the possibility of taking college courses that do not count toward major requirements, or admission into a major, you are encouraged to contact the department of your desired Western major well in advance of transferring. Academic departments provide an evaluation for major-related credit at new student orientation.

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