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Swapping majors?

How hard (or easy) is it to swap majors in college?

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Lauren’s Answer

I switched majors in college and its one of the best decisions I ever made. I dont think its about being hard or easy, I think that College is about figuring out what you like and dislike and ultimatly creating that foundation for where ever your path goes next. I ended up majoring in Sociology and I currently work in Real Estate. I think my major really helped create this solid foundation that has made me passionate, hard working, and open to people. I ended up studying in College for an extra year but it was proabbly one of the best decisions I ever made. I dont do anything for my career in the field of Sociology but I have a passion for people and my education ultimatly makes me better at what I do.

Enjoy the process of figuring out what you have a passion for and try not to focus on whats "hard" or "easy". Best of Luck!
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Gabriel’s Answer

A lot of colleges are interdisciplinary and grant you the flexibility to change majors numerous times throughout college before having to commit.

I personally did not commit to a major until my third year of college.

My recommendation would be to first speak to your advisor early on in your college career and map out various paths you might want to explore. I would then test out introductory courses that may be interesting to you throughout your Freshman year so you get a sense for the basics of that degree and help your decision making process.
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Aaron’s Answer

It does depend on the conditions of your matriculation - some individuals apply to a university's specific college or major with GPA requirements. Those majors are generally very competitive and difficult to switch into due to how popular, competitive the desired major is and the college will have imposed enrollment caps. I personally entered into college as a life sciences major, switched a few times, eventually graduating with a degree in economics. I know individuals who graduated with non-science related degrees who are now physicians and engineers and those who graduated in science and are in altogether different career. Ultimately, college is a time to explore, get lost, take classes in the most farfetched subjects that you would not otherwise be exposed to. Have fun, keep an open mind and make lifelong friends.
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Brooks’s Answer

Some colleges have a few really popular majors, and they will cap enrollment - these can be tough to switch into. Some majors have a lot of really specific curriculum requirements, and the classes you take may not count in your new major, and so it can take a semester or two longer to graduate (a lot of engineering majors are like this, if you're switching from a liberal arts major).

But otherwise: it's incredibly easy! I know so many friends who switched or changed majors without any hassle at all. Colleges know you may not know what you want to do with the rest of your life when you're 17 years old, and they always try to make it easy for you to find something you love.
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Krishna’s Answer

It definitely depends on what you're switching to, but definitely consider the benefit you'll gain from choosing a major you want to do vs sticking to what you're currently doing. I started college as a biology major and quickly realized that it wasn't the subject for me. I decided to switch to Economics and loved it! It would have been a miserable 4 years if I didn't switch, but switching to economics allowed me to do what I enjoy even if it was the expense of staying in school for a bit longer.
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