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4-Year Promise (4YP) Program

About the Program

The 4YP is a pre-enrollment program for certain majors in the College of Arts & Letters. Following their FROSH year, students in 4YP majors are automatically enrolled in 14-16 unit pre-determined schedules as sophomores, juniors and seniors. The 4YP for students seeking to complete their degree in 4 years, i.e. 8 academic semesters.

For 4YP Scholars, the College of Arts & Letters “promise” to:

  • Design your class schedule to include major and GE/GR course requirements each semester;
  • Pre-enroll you in the courses you need each semester;
  • Release you from the 4YP program if it is not a good fit for you without penalty.

4YP Scholars, in turn, “promise” to:

  • Keep their pre-enrolled schedule of classes, i.e. not change classes or schedule;
  • Meet with Department 4YP Coordinator each semester;
  • Meet with the Department 4YP Coordinator once a semester to check progress to degree;
  • Commit to being available during the designated days/times of each semester (typically Mondays thru Fridays, 9:00 am – 5:45 pm depending on major class requirements and course availability).
  • Remain in Good Academic Standing by maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 of higher;
  • Take winter/summer intercession classes, if needed to stay on track to graduate in 4 years, i.e. repeat a course and/or maintain GPA requirement.

4-Year Promise Graduate

Frequently Asked 4YP Questions

  1. When will I receive my schedule? 4YP Scholars are enrolled in classes the first week of registration.
  2. What if I don’t get a schedule? You may have a hold on your registration that needs to be cleared, or you may have made changes to your schedule in previous semesters.
  3. Can I change my schedule? Unfortunately, no. As part of the 4YP your “promise” is to keep the schedule you are given. Schedules are based on major and GE/GR roadmaps created by your major department to ensure you graduate in 4 years. To this end, you are not able to drop 4YP classes, but you can add classes on your own.
  4. Can I pick my classes? You can select elective courses when your schedule allows. You will need to self-enroll in elective classes.
  5. What if I want to add a minor? You are welcome to add a minor. However, adding units for a minor might prevent you from graduating in 4 years. If you add a minor, then 4YP cannot “promise” a 4-year graduation and will not be able to pre-enroll you in classes for your minor.
  6. What if I want to change my major? You will need to complete the 4YP Disenrollment Form to be dropped from the program. You will then need to submit a change of major form using the OnBase Portal.
  7. What if I no longer want to be in the 4YP? Complete the 4YP Disenrollment Form to be released from the program without penalty.

Participating 4YP Majors

  • Communication Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Film Studies
  • Film Production
  • History Pre-Credential
  • Humanities & Religious Studies
  • Philosophy (all concentrations)
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Spanish