Major Change Criteria

Admission into the School of Architecture is only available for the fall semesters due to our Cohort

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW FOR MAJOR CHANGE INFORMATION

Current UTA students who wish to apply for a major change into a CAPPA undergraduate program must meet the specific requirements of the Department listed below. Major change is for the Fall semester only. Our programs will take a minimum of 8 semesters (4 years) for new students entering our programs. Please refer our degree maps

NO MAJOR CHANGES WILL OCCUR IN THE MIDDLE OF A SEMESTER. STUDENTS MUST WAIT UNTIL CURRENT SEMESTER GRADES HAVE OFFICIALLY POSTED IN MYMAV AND THEN CONTACT OUR OFFICE BEFORE THE NEW SEMESTER BEGINS, IF ALL REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET.

 

2022 Major Change opportunities:

  • May 12th - June 5th
  • August 13th - August 21st

Spring 2022 grades will not be official in MyMav until May 18th.

If a student is not enrolled for the Spring, they can begin and complete the major change process before that date. 

If a student is enrolled for the Spring 2022 semester, they can begin the major change process but cannot complete it until after their current semester grades are officially posted in MyMav to complete the major change process.

 

CAPPA undergraduate major change requirements:

Students fully accepted for major change in Architecture, Interior Design, or Sustainable Urban Design are accepted into the Basic Studies program. 

The Basic Studies program students must complete all of the first 2 years (1st & 2nd year)  major courses of the program they enter, in the prescribed sequence, also complete the required core curriculum for that program, and meet specific GPA requirements. The Basic Studies program prepares a foundation to students for declaring into the Major Studies program (see major declaration requirements) which is an additional 2 years (3rd & 4th year). Please refer to our degree plans

To change majors into a Basic Studies program in CAPPA, we require:

1. Completion of 12 hours at UTA with a minimum 2.5 GPA
2. Minimum 2.5 GPA in any CAPPA classes taken, if applicable (ARCH, INTD, UDES, ESST, LARC, PAPP, PLAN),
3. Complete the CAPPA Major Change Module in Canvas (email arch.advising@uta.edu for access permission).
4. Respond to 1 Design-thinking prompt (found in CAPPA Major Change Module) showing your passion for a design-based major.

Prospective major changes, who meet requirements 1-4 after their current semester grades have posted, would email arch.advising@uta.edu and the department will make a final decision based on:

5. Prompt question submission review
6. Space Availability
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For students who do not meet the requirements above to enter one of our Basic Studies programs, an alternative option is to change to our pre-major designation. 

To change majors into the pre-major program (UARCH/UINTD) in the School of Architecture, we require:

1. Completion of 12 hours at UTA with a minimum 2.0 GPA
2. Minimum 2.0 GPA in any CAPPA classes taken, if applicable (ARCH, INTD, UDES, ESST, LARC, PAPP, PLAN),
3. Complete the CAPPA Major Change Module in Canvas (email arch.advising@uta.edu for access permission).
4. Respond to 1 Design-thinking prompt (found in CAPPA Major Change Module) showing your passion for a design-based major.

Prospective major changes, who meet requirements 1-4 after their current semester grades have posted, would email arch.advising@uta.eduand the department will make a final decision based on:

5. Prompt question submission review
6. Space Availability

 

Students under the UARCH and UINTD designations are students who have expressed an interest in changing their major to architecture or interior design, but do not meet the Basic Studies major change criteria (listed above) or are requesting to change in a semester other than the Fall.

Students under the UARCH or UINTD designation:

  • Are not yet in the architecture or interior design program, but are merely in a holding space until they meet the requirements to change into the intended program for a Fall semester,
  • Are advised by advisors in the School of Architecture,
  •  Are only given permission for major courses (ARCH/INTD) after students within the major have been seated,
  •  Are only allowed to remain under that designation for 2 long semesters (Fall, Spring).
  • Students not meeting the requirements within the 2 long semesters will be required to find a major outside the School of Architecture,
  • Cannot go under one pre-major designation then change to the other if they don't meet the requirements to go in the Basic Students program by the pre-major deadline, and
  • Will no longer receive permission for any major courses (ARCH/INTD).

Once a UARCH/UINTD student meets the requirements to change into the Basic Studies program, they will need to email the CAPPA undergraduate advisors at arch.advising@uta.eduto arrange an appointment for major change into the Basic Studies program.

Important Info

For students, who do not meet the minimum GPA and credit hours listed above or want to change in a semester other than Fall, we have another designation possibility

As an alternative, you have the opportunity to be designated as undeclared architecture (UARCH) or undeclared interior design (UINTD), depending on the program of your interest. You would remain under that designation for a maximum of 2 long semesters, during which time you must meet all of the requirements to officially change into our intended program or will be required to move on into another major.

You would not be an actual student in the School of Architecture; however you would be advised by Architecture advisors to ensure you are on the correct path to eventually change into the intended program. You will only be allowed to take architecture courses for which you possess the necessary prerequisites, based on space availability after our current major students have all been seated and with the permission of SoA advisors.

To change majors into the School of Architecture, as Undeclared-Architecture (UARCH) or Undeclared-Interior Design (UINTD) we require

  1. A minimum 2.0 GPA at UTA
  2. Minimum 2.0 GPA in any ARCH/INTD classes taken at UTA (if applicable)
  3. Complete the CAPPA Major Change Module in Canvas (email arch.advising@uta.edu for access permission)

Prospective major changes, who meet requirements 1-3 after their current semester grades have posted, would email arch.advising@uta.edu and the department will make a final decision based on:

4. Space Availability

next opportunity to change major

The next opportunity to change major into our intended program would be after the current active semester grades have been posted, given all requirements are met at that time. We do not consider any major change requests in the middle of an active semester.

Maverick Experience Preview Day

We strongly recommend you consider attending a Maverick Experience Preview Day event to see a presentation about our program and to have an opportunity to speak with one of our advisors. The final decision will be based on the completion of the above requirements, space availability, and Department discretion.

Maverick Experience

responsibility

It is the responsibility of the student to fulfill the above listed requirements and contact the School of Architecture Advising Office in a timely manner.

NO MAJOR CHANGES WILL OCCUR IN THE MIDDLE OF A SEMESTER

STUDENTS MUST WAIT UNTIL CURRENT SEMESTER GRADES POST AND THEN CONTACT OUR OFFICE BEFORE THE NEW SEMESTER BEGINS, IF ALL REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET.

Note

Due to our course sequencing (Cohort) the undergraduate program takes a minimum of 8 semesters (4 years) to complete for all students.

IMPORTANT: As you consider major change, please be aware of the University's excessive hours policies.

enrolled initially in the fall 2006 semester

Undergraduate students who enrolled initially in the fall 2006 semester or subsequent semesters cannot exceed more than 30 hours of the number of hours required for completion of the degree plan in which they are enrolled. Any hours beyond 30 are considered excessive and may result in additional tuition charges. Our program requires 128 hours of specific coursework. Under this policy, once you accrue 159 hours or more total, you will be charged out of State tuition charges.

enrolled initially in the fall 1999 semester

Undergraduate students who enrolled initially in the fall 1999 semester or subsequent semesters cannot exceed more than 45 hours of the number of hours required for completion of the degree plan in which they are enrolled. Any hours beyond 45 are considered excessive and may result in additional tuition charges. Our program requires 128 hours of specific coursework. Under this policy, once you accrue 174 hours or more total, you will be charged out of State tuition charges.