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I want to switch majors, from business to psychology so a pretty big switch. I am currently a month into my first semester of sophomore year. If I no longer want to take business classes and switch to psychology, then what do I do about the rest of this semester, if these classes are no help to me?


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Donna’s Answer

Peter;

Stay the course and complete your classes. You never know what the future will hold, any business type classes may provide some foundational use in future endeavors. Or they could be part of a minor study path. Or what if you decide to open your own practice and not join an institution upon time for a career.

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Allison’s Answer

I would check to see if you could still switch your classes around if it's too late than continuing with these classes so you can get good marks in them. In the meantime, I would work to get more integrated into the psychology department. Meet with professors, look into the classes offered and what you would be interested in, ask to sit in on a class, and talk to your advisor about the major switch and how that will affect your schedule. Figure out what requirements you need for the new major and plan what classes you will have to take when.

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Jason’s Answer

Depending if add drop has ended you may be out of luck. Whatever you do, don't withdraw.
I was a psych undergrad major, got a master's and license to practice, and then when I was 34 decided to start an MBA program. You will always have needs for business information in the future. Both business and psych has implications for everyone's life so whatever you are learning about will still be relevant.

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Kimberly’s Answer

So much of building a career is about how you connect together your experiences. Switching to a new major is exciting - but that doesn't mean that your previous experience isn't important. Those classes, while they might not seem relevant today, could give you a foundation for a future you can't see yet. What if you want to open your own practice, or take on a leadership role at a practice? Understanding the fundamentals of how a business operates might prove to be very valuable to you in the future! All learning is good learning.

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Holly’s Answer

You shouldn't be off track with your major if you spend your first semester completing your business courses. You might just have to stack more psychology courses in future semesters if there is no way to switch now or if they don't contribute to your major.

Either way, your business classes are still helpful for navigating life, even if you don't major in it!

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Kimberly’s Answer

I am curious as to why you are changing and what do you intend to do with a psychology degree? Have you spoken to the advisors at your school?

If it not too late to change, I would definitely change classes so you are not wasting money. However, if you think you might go into private practice, then it is good to have some business "sense" even if you have some sort of office manager or accountant assisting you.

At any rate, it is good to have a variety in your background. You never know when you might use it!

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Julianne’s Answer

Hello Peter,

Many people change Majors while already going through classes. It's ok! Definitely complete your classes now and next semester start to take classes to fulfill your new major if you are unable to switch them now. I would start looking into the psychology department at your school and see what they offer, and what type of classes you need to fulfill the major requirements/ would like to take in regards to psychology.

There are different types of psychology, like developmental psychology or clinical psychology. There may even be a general psychology major at your school! Take your time now to research the type of psychology you are interested in specifically.

Good Luck, I hope this helps!

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Jason’s Answer

Depending if add drop has ended you may be out of luck. Whatever you do, don't withdraw.
I was a psych undergrad major, got a master's and license to practice, and then when I was 34 decided to start an MBA program. You will always have needs for business information in the future. Both business and psych has implications for everyone's life so whatever you are learning about will still be relevant.

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Donna’s Answer

Peter;

Stay the course and complete your classes. You never know what the future will hold, any business type classes may provide some foundational use in future endeavors. Or they could be part of a minor study path. Or what if you decide to open your own practice and not join an institution upon time for a career.

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