How to Declare

Congratulations on deciding on your major! If you are indeed ready to declare, follow these steps.

1. Assignment to faculty advisor

  • Email Renee Chao ( with the following subject line template: Declaring Product Design, [insert Firstname Lastname], Class of [insert year]
  • Renee will assign a faculty member to be your major advisor and connect you with the peer advisor

2. Gather and complete the following paperwork

  • Declaration Cover Sheet: Available here
  • Program Sheet: Available here (filling out in Excel is preferred; please follow the guidelines)
  • Unofficial Transcript: Download from Axess

3. Meet with advisors

  • All AY 2020-2021 office hours are virtual, and Renee will provide you with this information when you email regarding your intention to declare
  • Attend office hours with peer advisor Brooke ( Bring your program sheet or a tentative draft, so she can review it and answer any logistical questions about the declaration process and the major in general
  • Then, with your set of paperwork ready to be signed and available to screen share, meet with your assigned faculty advisor during their office hours

4. Declare

  • To apply AP or IB credit towards major requirements, email your completed program sheet with your transcript to Darlene Lazar (
  • Email this completed and signed set of paperwork to Renee
  • Declare on Axess!