How to go about switching major?
I am currently a Social work student in Michigan. I am considering switching to a Bachelors in Human Services degree that is online because it will allow me to take more variety of courses and electives that match my interest, while not steering away from the helping profession. I believe my social work classes would transfer toward the degree. I'm not sure if the degrees will land me the same jobs and I feel Human service degrees are less common now days. Seeking input and advice.
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I switched my major my first semester in college. Here are some steps on how to switch your major:
# 1. Speak to your academic advisor and faculty.
Your academic advisor will outline your path to graduation with your new major and also make you aware of the paperwork you need to do to initiate the switch. You should also set up an appointment to speak with a faculty member in the new major of interest. They will give you a deeper understanding of your academic path and the kinds of classes that are offered.
# 2. Complete all the necessary paperwork and submit it to the appropriate office.
Telling all of your family and friends does not fully constitute declaring your new major. You may have to submit an application or portfolio, or meet certain academic requirements before you are able to change majors.
# 3. Confirm that the academic office processed the change.
Don’t assume that you have changed majors just because you started taking classes in that field. Confirm with the academic office that all paperwork has been processed.
All the previous responders are accurate. It's a combination of connecting with your advisor and asking questions about what credits will transfer, will you have to take "additional" classes if you transfer, will your timeline to graduate be affected, etc. Now is the time to ask questions and really decide where your passion lies. The good news is that it's pretty easy to transfer majors; I did it during my junior year in college and still graduated on time because many of the classes transferred easily. Another good aspect is you're staying in the same general field (helping people, psychology, etc).
A particular major will not hold you back from finding a great career after college. As long as your degree is in the helping profession, you'll be able to consider several options and can easily move around in a variety of roles.
I actually feel like Human Resources is a broad field where you can easily find a way to use skills that you learned during your Social Work studies. It depends on what you want to do within Human Resources. I think of Human Resources about support of people in their work lifecycle - being hired, being trained, doing the job, getting promoted, and leaving the job. There is also the consideration of what industry you would most like to support. HR at Disney is probably very different from working for in HR for a large computer company. At the core of any job that you love is doing what you want to do, what uses your skills, and gives you job satisfaction.