» Change of Major or Minor

Things can easily change over a four year period in college. You might discover hidden talents and your dream job may become something you never knew existed. We understand your education is a process of self-discovery and we encourage students to expand their studies to other areas beyond their major.

Even though you’re in a specific program, you have some flexibility to take additional classes in other areas of art and many additional classes at Chapman University. However, students may still decide to change their major to another area within the arts or a completely different program at Chapman. Students may apply to add a major or minor within Art at any time.

For transfer students, if you come in with at least 60 credits, you may apply to add a minor after one semester at Chapman University; otherwise, you must wait to apply after two semesters. Please note that students must have at least a 3.5 GPA at Chapman University to apply for an Art major or minor.

Add or Change of Major and/or Minor

Art History

If you wish to declare an Art History Major or Minor, you are required to meet with one of the fulltime Art History faculty, Professors Wendy Salmond (salmond@chapman.edu) Justin Walsh (jstpwalsh@chapman.edu) or, Amy Buono (buono@chapman.edu). The only other requirement, besides meeting with a faculty member is submitting a Change of Program form to one of those faculty members for processing. When the office has completed processing, you will be contacted to collect the form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.


Graphic Design and Studio Art

Graphic Design application: Meet first with one of the Graphic Design fulltime faculty: Professors Eric Chimenti (chimenti@chapman.edu), Claudine Jaenichen (jaeniche@chapman.edu) or Andrew Shalat (shalat@chapman.edu) to discuss the program & requirements.

Studio Art application: Meet first with one of the Studio Art fulltime faculty: Professors Micol Hebron (hebron@chapman.edu), Lia Halloran (halloran@chapman.edu) or David Kiddie (kiddie@chapman.edu) to discuss the program & requirements

If you decide to move forward with declaring the Minor or Major, submit the materials below to the Art Office by calling (714) 997-6729 for an appointment. Your application will be reviewed and a decision made within 7 business days.

Materials to submit include:

  • Signed letter of recommendation from an art teacher or art mentor
  • Statement of Interest (up to 500-word essay) explaining why you want to study the Minor at Chapman University
  • Statement (up to 500 words total) about two of your best works and why you consider these your best work
  • 10 pieces of your art or designs printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  • A Change of Program form

For more information, please contact the art office at (714) 997-6729.