Choosing and Declaring Your Area of Emphasis

Choosing your area of emphasis could not be more simple. What you call it is up to you.

Here’s what you need to know.

  • Choosing an area of emphasis is optional. (You’ll still get your bachelor’s degree, of course.)
  • You can choose an area of emphasis when you have earned at least 45 quarter credits in your chosen field of study.
  • A secondary area of emphasis requires 32 quarter credits in a field of study

There is no procedure for declaring an area of emphasis. It will not appear in your transcript, and your diploma will only say “Bachelor of Arts” or “Bachelor of Science.” However, you can put your area of emphasis on resumes, graduate school applications, or any other documents that ask for your major. You can enter your secondary area of emphasis if they ask for your minor.

If you would like your area of emphasis to appear in your academic record, you can write about it in your final Academic Statement.

For Transfer Students

Transfer students love Evergreen for two reasons: no backtracking and no repeat classes.

Every credit you take, whether or not it relates to your area of emphasis, will count toward your degree. So, too, will all transferable credits you might bring with you. Find out how Evergreen works for transfers.

If You’re Looking at Graduate or Professional Schools

If you’re thinking about a graduate or professional school in a particular field, it may not be sufficient only to have an area of emphasis in that field—you also need to make sure you cover any specific prerequisites for those programs. Your advisors and faculty can help you plan how to incorporate these into your studies.