STEP 1: CHOOSING YOUR NEW MAJOR – The first step is to try to choose a new major, if you haven’t already. If you’re not entirely sure which major to pick, it’s time to get back to basics—things like working backwards from careers that interest you, thinking about your favorite activities, acknowledging your skills, talking to friends and professors in different departments, and even auditing a class or joining a related campus club to get a sense of what the program entails.
STEP 2: MEET WITH YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR – They are your biggest ally in figuring out everything you need to do and all the requirements you need to meet to switch majors. They’re also used to this process, so they can answer your questions and guide you through it. It would be great to consult an advisor from your intended major, but if you’re still not sure about what your new major will be, then you can just visit your current academic advisor.
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If you don't have to transfer you will simply change your major via paperwork. You will still need to complete the course work you registered for... Because it's the middle of the semester... But let's say you wanted to be an engineer. You get accepted to the school of engineering.
You take your first semester with of courses.
English Comp 110
General Physics 1
General Physics lab
General Biology 1
General Biology lab
Intro to Psychology
Now with those classes you get to the middle of the semester and hate all things Physics. Bio and calc were ok but you cannot see yourself in engineering or science any more.
You did however love Psychology and the professor was truly impactful and the work just spoke to you as something you need to explore. You decide to leave the major and persue Psychology.
Now at some schools, no big deal. You speak with an advisor and in the spring take more social science courses and your good to go.
At other schools they may require a gpa min to transfer into a seat with in the School of Human Services for the psychology department at that school. Still not a big deal, it's all still paperwork that an advisor will work with you on and change your major.
I promise it's not that stressful.
Just be careful because you don't want to switch to extreme majors.... Say Math majors switch's to Art major.... There will be more art courses they missed and will need to take before they can graduate on time.
All in all your paying for this so yes you are allowed to switch majors, it's a Convo you have with your academic advisor and they will make sure you will be in track to graduate.
My advice is to always apply to schools that have at least 3 majors you may want to explore.
I'd recommend contacting your advisor so they can guide you further. Be sure to inquire about any deadlines and requirements for graduation before switching majors.
It is normal to feel unsure when choosing a major, it is a very big life decision. However, there are many options at your disposal while in college. The first place i would start is with your guidance counselor. They have likely dealt with hundreds of other students that are feeling similar to you and can provide great insight. Next I would consider creating lists of the pros and cons of each major you are considering. Keep in mind that your overall interest in the major should be the most important factor in making a decision. Lastly, if there are multiple majors that peak your interest you could consider double majoring or majoring in one thing and minoring in another.
I declared three separate majors in college before landing on my final choice. You are not alone. Just focus on what is best for you and do your best!
I’m going to suggest an alternative path: give courses (and yourself) a chance. Make sure to deeply reflect on what isn’t working for you so that you redirect your path in the most appropriate way. This is part of learning and also part of discovering what career path best suits you.
Sometimes the teaching style isn’t for you, but the course material is. Sometimes a subject you don’t enjoy can lead you to pursue another that interests you far more.
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