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Change majors within SoC (Interdepartmental Transfer – IDT)

To transfer from one department of the School of Communication to another, fill out the interdepartmental transfer application, obtain the signature of your current advisor, and make an appointment with an advisor in the major to which you wish to transfer. If you do not know with which advisor to meet, contact the SoC Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising at dear-soc@northwestern.edu. Once the advisor in your proposed major has reviewed the requirements for the new major and your progress toward degree, he or she will then sign off on your IDT application.Your new advisor will submit the form for you. Note that the Department of Theatre limits each class to 100; for this reason, students are not guaranteed they will be able to transfer into Theatre. Students interested in majoring in Theatre can request to be added to the wait list by contacting the SoC Office of Undergraduate Programs and Advising (dear-soc@northwestern.edu; 847-491-7214).  

For information on transferring from SoC to a different School or College, please see the policies and procedures on interschool transfers (IST).

Important Deadlines: 

  • 1st day of quarter: First day to initiate an interschool transfer 
  • 4th Friday of quarter: Last day to submit an interschool transfer form online