FSHD Pre-Major Information

FSHD Pre-Major Q&A

Q: Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) is a pre-major/major! What does this mean?

A: This means that all students are first admitted as Pre-FSHD Majors. As pre-majors, students must complete all pre-major coursework before applying to the major.   

Pre-major coursework includes:

  • ENGL 101
  • ENGL 102
  • MATH 112 (or higher)
  • PSY 150A1
  • SOC 101
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Biology & Human Behavior
  • FSHD 197A
  • FSHD 117
  • FSHD 237
  • FSHD 257


 **All the above pre-major coursework must be completed with a GPA of 2.6 or higher to be accepted into the major** 

Q: I am not yet an FSHD pre-major. How do I change my major?

A: In order to declare Pre-FSHD as your major, you must complete an Online Information Session & Advising Quiz. Click on this link to begin your session and declare Pre-FSHD: 

FSHD Online Information Session and Advising Quiz

Q: I am now a pre-major. What classes do I need to take to become a major?

A: You need to complete all the pre-major courses with a minimum GPA of 2.6.  Pre-major courses are listed above.

Q: I am in the process of completing my last pre-major coursework. What do I do now?

A: You can apply for the FSHD Major for the Fall and Spring semesters. For Fall semester, you will receive an email in February inviting you to apply. For Spring semester, you will receive this email in September. 

Q: What do I need to include in my Application for Admission to the Major?

A: The application will includea Statement of Interest, Resume, and List of FSHD Pre-Major Courses with Grades Received, .

Q: What if I am finishing my requirements in the summer?

A: If you are finishing in the summer, you will complete your application in Spring for Fall admission. You will turn in your application, indicating the class(es) you will complete in the Summer. After your grades are posted, you will send Student Services your transcripts and if all requirements are met, you will be admitted into the major. 

Q: Why must I turn my application in so early?

A: It is important because we will hold FSHD major course seats for students who turn their completed applications in by the deadline. 

Q: Can I turn in my application after the deadline?

A: Yes, but we will not hold any seats for you.

Q: Will everyone who completes the requirements be admitted into the major?

A:  A maximum of 80 students will be admitted each semester.  If more than 80 students apply and meet all the admission criteria, then students will be accepted based on GPA.  If less than 80 students apply and all meet the criteria, all the students will be accepted. 

Q: What if my GPA is not high enough?

A: You may retake some classes and reapply. 

Q: I have been admitted into the major. Will seats by available for me in FSHD classes?

A: Yes, we will hold seats in several FSHD classes for new majors. However, seats will be held only for students who turn in their applications in before the deadline. 

Q: Is there a fee associated with the major?

A: Yes, once you are a major, there is a $200/semester fee.  This fee helps pay for advising, internships, classes, and workshops.  Financial aid is available.


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