Glossary Of Terms And Services

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Majors (Changing / Adding / Dropping) - Undergraduate students can switch majors, or add or drop majors from their studies. To add, change or drop Major or Minor or Degree Objective, students should contact the school in which the program is offered to obtain the necessary information.  Students may submit the Major/Minor or Degree Objective form in the Registrar One-Stop Center (Trojan Hall 101). The completed form must bear the signature of an authorized signer of the department and must be accompanied by a current photo ID (passport, driver's license, or student ID card). The process is typically completed within two (2) to three (3) business days.

Mandatory Advisement Requirement -: A number of schools and departments require students to meet with their academic advisor prior to registration for a term. Students pursuing majors that require mandatory advisement will be denied registration until they have met with their academic advisor and the advisor has released their advisement obligation, using the process APA.U.SAD. Do not confuse the Mandatory Advisement Requirement with Holds/Restrictions.

Memorandum of Interpretation (MOI) - : A number of schools and departments require students to meet with their academic advisor prior to registration for a term. Students pursuing majors that require mandatory advisement will be denied registration until they have met with their academic advisor and the advisor has released their advisement obligation, using the process APA.U.SAD. Do not confuse the Mandatory Advisement Requirement with Holds/Restrictions.

Minors (Changing/Adding/Dropping) - In addition to majors and degrees, many schools and departments offer minor programs. Applications to add, or requests to drop a minor, must be made to the department or professional school. An appropriate endorsement must appear on a Change/Addition of Major or Minor Degree Objective form. Completion of the minor program will be noted on the academic transcript. Refer to the "Academic Policies" [Undergraduate and Degree Programs] section of the USC Catalogue.

Missing Grade (MG) - An administrative mark assigned when a professor fails to correctly submit a final course grade for a student. An instructor should never assign a grade of MG except in cases involving plagiarism or cheating during the final examination period. To resolve an MG notation, contact the Grades Department at (213) 740-9230 or gtv@usc.edu.

MOI - See Memorandum of Interpretation.