Majors and minors

While your degree will reflect a specific qualification, for e.g. Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, some course structures require students to complete a selected major or minor (within their degree) that focuses on distinct areas of study.  In some courses, students may be eligible to select to complete a second major or minor.An example may be where a student completes a Bachelor of Commerce with an Economics Major, and a Finance Minor.


A major is the main focus of study.  A major is an approved combination of subjects (with a minimum value of 1/3 of your total degree). Majors are listed for each degree via the Course Handbook.


A minor is the secondary focus, specifically. A minor has a minimum value of 24 credit points (with 12 of these made up of 200 level subjects). Refer to the general of schedule of minors via the Course Handbook.

Majors and minors are also available for some undergraduate degrees. Some postgraduate degrees also have optional specialisations.

Information on what majors, minors and/or specialisations are available for your degree can be found in UOW's Course Handbook. For more detailed information, please refer to the Coursework Rules.

Declaring or changing a major or minor

To declare and/or change most majors and minors, this can be done via your SOLS. Simply select 'Major Maintenance' from the left hand menu and follow the prompts.  

Some majors and minors will require Faculty approval. If you cannot select your choice in SOLS, the Declare or Change Major Minor form can be completed and sent to your relevant Faculty (below) for consideration: