Majors compete to become competitive

While many students are anxiously awaiting their acceptance letters from the UW, they may face an even tougher application process later, when it comes time to declare a major.

On Friday, the Faculty Council on Academic Standards (FCAS) met in Gerberding Hall and discussed the desire of many departments to shift their majors from open to competitive status.

The math department put in one such submission, requesting competitive status, which was ultimately approved by both the Subcommittee on Admissions and Programs (SCAP) and the FCAS itself.

According to Sarah Stroup, chair of the SCAP, there is concern about how the math department will successfully phase in this change. Stroup said the math department wants to implement the competitive major, and over the next two years will work to achieve an ultimate cap of 600 students.

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