Skip to main content
4 answers
1
Asked 488 views Translate

How do you change your major after starting college?

I'm not sure what I'll be studying yet but I am leaning towards medicine, chemistry or music. I feel like I'm going to end up changing my major, and I would like to know ahead of time how to do it.
#medicine #chemistry #music #majorchange

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

1

4 answers


0
Updated Translate

Jenny’s Answer

It depends on the school, but the process usually goes something like:

Talk to your advisor
Fill out some forms
Get some approvals

I will say that it's better to change your major fairly early on (first year or second year) because it can mean having to do extra semesters to finish if you don't.

It's usually a bit of a slog but advisors and folks in the registrar's office are usually a good help if you ask. You can usually look up information on how to do it on your school's website as well. Good luck!
0
0
Updated Translate

Glenn S.’s Answer

From a process stand point, it is easy and a lot of student do change majors. The big risk is that changing majors can increase the number of semesters that you are in school, thus increasing the cost. I think the critical thing is to know what the requirements are for all of the majors that you are considering. Take classes that can be applied to all of them as best you can. Also, try to take classes that may help you decide on which way to go. Medicine and Chemistry have a lot of overlap, music is unique.
0
0
Updated Translate

Shawn’s Answer

It really depends on the institution. This is not unusual so don't think they have not had this happen many times. What I would suggest is contacting the school of your choice and ask them what is there process. They will be happy to help. Best of luck to you.
0
0
Updated Translate

Nancy’s Answer

Hi, Jacqueline,

Many students change majors. It’s normal. The procedures vary by college. At some, you have to apply to the new major, and the requirements may depend on your grades and courses so far. Acceptance may be competitive and is not guaranteed. At other schools, you just have to have satisfactory grades to change majors. This is an important factor to consider when choosing a college for a person who is undecided. Find out from an admissions counselor at the colleges you are considering what the procedures are for switching majors before you apply. Always aim to do very well in math and chemistry classes. These show rigor and may make it easier to change if you’ve done well in them. By the way, medicine is a graduate level degree. As an undergraduate you can major in anything before medical school as long as you take the required pre-med courses, too. Chemistry and biology are some common pre-med majors.

0