Public Affairs Major Curriculum
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Adding the Pre-Major
First or second year UCLA Students, in good academic standing, may declare the pre-major by completing the Pre-Major Form and then returning it to the Undergraduate Student Services Office at Luskin in 3343 Public Affairs, or via MyUCLA Message Center. Pre-Majors are given first pass enrollment privileges in the lower division (pre-major requirement) courses.
Students must complete, with a C or better, at least five of the eight required lower division Public Affairs courses (including courses taken winter quarter of year two) in order to be eligible to apply for the major in winter quarter of year two. Completed courses must include PA 40 & PA 60. Students should plan to complete the remaining lower division courses during the spring quarter of the second year or, if that is not possible, during the third year, if admitted to the major.
Students who plan to graduate within 3 years should review the Graduating Early guidelines.
Applying to the Major
Please visit our Applying to the Major page to learn more about the criteria for admission to the Public Affairs major. The information on that page is for students who were admitted to UCLA as freshmen. For students who were admitted to UCLA as Junior Transfer students, please see the Information for Transfer Students page.
Major Application FAQ
- What are my chances of getting in?
- Our faculty will take a holistic approach to application reviews. They will look at your overall academic record, the extent to which you are well on-track to completing your pre-major course requirements, your performance in Public Affairs courses, and other evidence of a good fit between your interests and the major. If you are concerned about your academic preparation for the major or your grades, please schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.
- What is the average or minimum GPA?
- There isn’t an average nor a minimum. The faculty committee will look at all application components, including grades, short answer responses, essay, etc.
- If I am not admitted this year, can I reapply next year?
- Occasionally, students who are not admitted in the regular cycle are invited to reapply the following fall so that faculty can review their spring quarter coursework.
- When will decisions be released?
- Decisions generally are released by early June. You will be notified if you are admitted to the major prior to Fall enrollment.