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When majoring in phsycology did you find yourself deciding to change your major down the road?

I am a junior in high school and many people in college have expressed that they have changed their college major a million times before committing to one, I wanted to gain more background information if this is true for phsycology as well. #psychology #college-major

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Emily’s Answer

I certainly suggest doing your research before declaring a major, but changing majors is extremely common. Even if you complete coursework in one area of study, you may change your professional and personal goals along the way. Earning a degree in a certain field is a great accomplishment, but it can also open doors to other job opportunities that may not even be related. My bachelor's degree is in one area, but my career is in an entirely different field!

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Jenn’s Answer

I majored in psychology and did not change majors. I think the reason for that was that I really did my research beforehand. I made a list of all of the areas that I might want to major in, looked at the requirements, and talked to older students in those areas. (Professors or teaching assistants or academic advisors would also all be great resources.) I'm sure some majors see students switch out at higher rates than others, but ultimately I think that has to do more with the students than with the subject. Do they know what the major will actually be like before committing to it, and is it actually a good way of achieving their career goals?


I also wrote a response to this post about the logistics of switching majors, if that helps you: https://careervillage.org/questions/5586/is-it-common-for-students-to-switch-majors-will-it-affect-how-long-it-takes-you-to-graduate?page=1#5587


Let me know if you have any follow-up questions!

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