Programs and Majors

What is a program?

A program is a specific set of course requirements leading to the completion of admission requirements, degree, diploma, or certificate either at the University of Lethbridge or at an institution with which the University has formal transfer arrangements. Generally your program is the degree(s) that you are working towards, such as the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (BSc/BEd).

What is a major?
A major is the primary academic focus of a program (i.e., Mathematics, Sociology, Psychology, etc.). For the BASc and combined majors, two majors must be declared (i.e., one major for each degree sought).

Do I have to declare a major?

No, it is possible to study at the University of Lethbridge with an "Undeclared" major, however seats are usually reserved in courses for students who need them for their declared major. This means that as an "Undeclared" major your access to courses during registration will be limited.

What is a minor?
A minor is a defined set of six courses, designed to provide depth in a particular discipline, study in an interdisciplinary area, or focus on a theme-related topic. More information about minor requirements, and which minors are available, is available on page 127 of the 2019/2020 Undergraduate Academic Calendar.

What is my Calendar Year?

For most students, their year of the calendar is the academic year that they were most recently admitted to the University of Lethbridge. Your calendar year determines the degree requirements that you need to fulfill to complete your program.

Your calendar year will only change in the following circumstance:

  • You elect to follow a later calendar year to take advantage of changes to the curriculum. For example, the minor in Religious Studies was created in 2011/2012. If a student whose calendar year is 2010/2011 wants to declare this minor and have it recognized upon graduation, they will need to change to a later calendar year.
  • You came to the U of L directly from an institution with which we have a transfer agreement and request to follow an earlier calendar year.
  • If you lose your continuing student status by not taking courses in a Fall or Spring semester and have to reapply to the University.

Continuing Arts & Science students must obtain approval from an Arts & Science Student Program Advisor to change their calendar year.

How do I change my program or major?

Continuing students need to apply to their new program with the Undergraduate Application for Admission for Continuing Students form. Students may print it, fill it out, and then submit it to our Registrar's Office. Alternatively, it may be filled out using Acrobat, and then emailed to Admissions (see the "submit" button at the bottom).

How do I change/add a minor, concentration, specialization, or General Major streams?

Students may submit a paper copy of the Undergraduate Program Change form to our Registrar's Office. Alternatively, it may be filled out using Acrobat, and then emailed to Admissions (see the "submit" button at the bottom of the form).

*Note: The deadline for these changes, which does not normally affect registration priority, is the first day of classes for the semester indicated on the top right of the form.

How can I change my calendar year?

The Change of Program Calendar Year form is not currently available online, but the paper form is available in the Registrar's Office.

*Note: The normal application deadline for the Spring semester is November 1st (of the previous year), and June 30th for the Fall semester.