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How soon should you pick your major?

I'm a freshman who is majoring in Political Science, but not quite positive that it is the major I want for good. #college-admissions #college-majors


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Matthew’s Answer

Katherine, thanks for posting this question; it's definitely important to consider as you move forward in your time at college. In terms of when you should pick your major, it tends to vary from school to school. What I mean is, some colleges may require students to declare a major but the end of their freshmen year while other students may be required to declare at the end of their sophomore year. In order to graduate in four years with all of your required courses, it's best to select something you enjoy early and explore it, and should you decide to change your mind, you still have time to switch majors. It's very common for students to switch majors several times before finally arriving at the best major for them in terms of interest and career opportunities. Only you know what that is, and if you're not sure now, that's OK. You'll discover this soon. I'd encourage you to consider contacting your academic advisor for more assistance and help in terms of selecting the best major for you, as well as talking to others you know (friends on campus or students in majors you're interested in) for more insight.


Best of luck!
Matt


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Jorie’s Answer

All schools are different but I went into college without a major and didn't declare one until midway through my sophomore year. I had always been interested in law but I wanted to explore some courses first before deciding on a major. You'll likely be required to take a variety of different courses during your freshman year and maybe into part of your sophomore year. Take that opportunity to explore different areas and find out what you like! I think if you declare a major by the middle of your sophomore year, you should be in good shape to complete most courses of study on time! Best of luck!

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Whitney’s Answer

I always suggest that after taking a few classes in your major it is a great time to sit back and think about if you can see yourself in that career field in 10 years. I know many people who switched majors often and some who didn't switch at all. I think its important to find something that you enjoy to learn about and are passionate about. Around junior year, many of my friends had found their major they enjoyed so as a freshman I would suggest just trying out other courses in different majors so that you can compare how much you enjoyed that topic or field.

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Rachael’s Answer

Hi Katherine,

I would suggest declaring sooner rather than later so you can taking the intro and intermediate courses early to determine if that is what you want to do. In my college experience, all freshman took the general introductory courses to all majors (i.e. everyone took an ACCT 101, FIN101, MGMT 101, ECON 101, etc.) however only majors, minors, or associated major/minors would take the additional courses (201, 302, ect.). You may discover during some of those other introductory courses you discover something you are more passionate about. I found the intermediate and upper level courses were really where students were weeded out of my major. So my advice would be to take your political science courses as early as possible. I also double majored because I was very passionate about another major which was associated with what I declared - could be a possibility for you in the event you discover another one but still want to stick with political science. Something like economics, communications, history might pair well depending on what area interests you. You could also discuss your reservation with your professor who could have you sit in on an upper level course so you could get an idea of what it's like. Shadowing a professional in the field can give you a glimpse of what a career in it could lead to too!

Best of luck,
Rachael

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John’s Answer

Hey Katherine,

Political Science is a good major, but there are lots of good majors! You can change your major at any time and probably will change it at least once. As you take classes, when you like a particular class, I would recommend taking more classes like that.

My only warning is if you switch too much, it will become difficult to complete the requirements for ANY major which will push out your graduation date. However, don't feel stuck. The most important thing is to get A degree.

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Tyzhanae’s Answer

Political science is a great major and a great way to connect with people. I would suggest maybe finding a double major to keep yourself motivated.

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