Major Pathways---FAQs

 What is a Major Pathway?

A Major Pathway is the quickest path to graduation or transfer. When a student declares a major, the student commits to a pathway of courses required for program completion.  WCJC's commitment is to help the student take the shortest path to completion.

Why Do Students Need to Follow a Major Pathway?

Courses taken outside a Major Pathway:

  • do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid, including Veteran’s Benefits
  • will cause forfeiture of Federal Financial Aid Appeal plans
  • will count toward a student’s total number of credits attempted and could affect future financial aid eligibility
  • might not apply toward graduation requirement 
  • might not transfer to another institution

Where Is the Student's Major Pathway Located?

Students declare a major during the college application process.  Each student's current declared Major Pathway is found by logging into MyWCJC or Online Services.  View "Check Registration Status and Major Pathway."

What Courses are on a Major Pathway?

All Major Pathways are listed on the Programs page. On the Programs page, view courses in a specific major pathway by selecting a program link and reviewing Program Curriculum. 

NOTE: Students who are pursuing an Associate of Arts (AA) degree may enroll in courses outside of their pathway, if the course is associated with another AA degree pathway. Please see the NOTE and EXAMPLE below. 

How Does a Student Change a Major Pathway?

Complete a Change of Major Pathway form and submit to the Office of Admissions and Registration (OAR) in person, by fax 979-532-6494 or email (registrar@wcjc.edu).

It is strongly recommended to consult an Academic Advisor or Program Director/Division Office prior to changing a declared major to ensure efficient program completion.  View advising hours and access online advising on the Academic Advising webpage or find Program Director/Division Office contact information by program.

What Does a "Major Pathway Restriction" Error During Registration Mean?

If a student attempts to register for a course outside the declared Major Pathway, the student receives a Major Pathway Restriction Error and cannot register for that course until  they receive Academic Advisor or Division approval.

NOTE: Students who are pursuing a pathway toward an Associate of Arts (AA) degree will not receive a "Major Pathway Restriction" Error if they register for courses outside of their program pathway but the course is associated with a different AA degree pathway.  If a student, on a pathway for an AA, has the appropriate course requirements to register for a course outside of their pathway but still a part of an AA degree program they will be able to register for the course.

 

EXAMPLE:  The AA-Biology Pathway indicates a student should enroll in Physics 1401 and Physics 1402. A student on the AA-Biology Pathway, may choose to enroll, if they meet the course requirements, in Physics 2425 and Physics 2426.  The student will not receive a "Major Pathway Restriction" Error message for enrollment in those two Physics courses. 

Students, pursuing an AA degree,  should consult with an Academic Advisor or the Office of Admission and Registration (979-532-6416) if they have questions about how enrollment in a course outside of their pathway will impact their graduation and financial aid status. 

Can A Student Take a Course Outside a Major Pathway?

Yes, provided the student follows the approval process and/or they read the NOTE and EXAMPLE in the item directly above. 

How does a Student Gain Approval to Enroll in a Course Outside of the Major Pathway?

  1. Complete the Major Pathway Course Override Approval Form
  2. Meet with an Academic Advisor or Program Director/Division Office for approval
  3. Submit signed form to the Office of Admissions and Registration (OAR)
  4. OAR registers student
  5. Student pays tuition and fees prior to deadline

What if a Student Has Questions About A Major Pathway?

Contact an Academic Advisor or Program Director/Division Office for more information. 

What if a Student Has Questions About the Registration Process?

Contact the Office of Admissions and Registration (OAR) in person, by phone 979-532-6303, or email (registrar@wcjc.edu).

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