Declare a Chinese Major ☷
Note: to view your current major, or “program of study”, use the search function to go to “Change Specializations and Minors” or “Degree Progress Report” in MyOleMiss.
As mentioned in the Orientation sections above, most students should declare a major other than Chinese before May 15. This will allow them to get more specific advising for other majors they are planning to do or are possibly considering and allow them to begin freshman year with a more strategic schedule for pursuing both majors, or for determining what major(s) will accompany Chinese.
Once orientation is over, we want to make sure you add Chinese as a major. The more majors we have, the more resources can be allocated to the department, including those to hire additional professors and instructors as our rosters grow.
If your intended program of study when you applied to Ole Miss was something other than Chinese, you will need to fill out the “Change of Major/Advisor” form. Contrary to its name, it is also used to add a second major. This form can be downloaded from the Liberal Arts website, but it must be submitted in person to their office:
The form itself does not have blanks for two majors, so you will need to clarify what your intended majors are when you drop the form off.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a very demanding major in another school (engineering, accounting, business, etc.) your top priorities should be completing all requirements of that major and keeping up with your Chinese Flagship homework and class preparation. If you begin to feel that you cannot add on the Liberal Arts general education requirements and still succeed in these priorities, come and speak with us about foregoing the Chinese major while remaining in Flagship.
It is certainly advantageous for you to have the Chinese major on your resume. However, If you must choose, in most cases it is less important that you be a Chinese major than that you finish your undergraduate degree well-prepared for a future profession and with professional proficiency in Chinese to match. There is also the possibility that before you graduate you find the means to squeeze in the general education requirements that were too much to handle alongside your other coursework during your freshman and/or sophomore years. You may also find that you can fit them into one or more intersessions, while you do not have as much on your plate.
When you are ready, please submit this short Google form for our records: