The Department of Government and Politics will not be processing major change requests until February 7, 2022. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact GVPTadvising [at] or schedule an appointment with a GVPT Advisor. 

LEP Requirements

Government and Politics is Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). This means students must satisfy specific entrance requirements to apply to or remain in the major. LEP entrance policies/requirements differ for first-semester freshmen, internal transfer students, and external transfer students. Please review our Admissions Page to determine your eligibility and what LEP requirements apply to you. If you have any questions about whether or not you have completed the entrance requirements or which requirements you need to meet, please contact the GVPT Advising office at 301-405-4168 or GVPTAdvising [at]

If you have previous college coursework and are unsure if you will meet the 2.7 GPA cumulative GPA requirement for internal/external transfer students, you can request an official LEP GPA calculation through the LEP office (LEP [at] or the BSOS Feller Center Advising office.

Note: external transfer students who wish to add GVPT as a double major must establish a UMD GPA by completing one semester of coursework before declaring. First semester freshmen may declare GVPT as a double major any time during their first semester (before the last day of classes), even if they have not established a UMD GPA.

Major Change Process

There are two steps to declaring GVPT as a major or double major:

1)      Attend a GVPT Major Change Workshop and receive a major application form

2)      Complete a BSOS Feller Center Graduation Planning Workshop and complete a graduation plan

GVPT Major Change Workshops

All GVPT Major Change Workshops are being held virtually until further notice. If you would like to attend our remote workshop, please email GVPTAdvising [at] for more information. 

During the workshop, you will be given detailed information regarding the GVPT major requirements and policies. We also encourage you to review the GVPT website in advance to familiarize yourself with the major, particularly our LEP information and departmental policies

BSOS Feller Center Graduation Planning Workshop: Details on completing this workshop are covered during the GVPT Major Change Workshop. 

Submitting Your Application

Once you have completed both the GVPT Major Change Workshop and the BSOS Feller Center Graduation Planning Workshop, you will submit your major application form as well as your graduation plan to BSOS Advising at bsosmajorchange [at] Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and typically takes 15-20 business days for the major change to process. If you have any questions about the status of your application, you may contact BSOS Advising. For more information on how to submit your GVPT Major Change and BSOS Feller Center Graduation Plan applications, please visit the BSOS Add/Change Your Major portion of the website.

You should confirm that you have met all major entrance requirements before turning in your application. 

First-semester freshmen must turn in their major application by the last day of classes during their first semester of attendance to declare GVPT directly. After this deadline, they must follow the internal transfer requirements and complete the entrance requirements before declaring GVPT.