Most students consider changing their major at some point in their college careers, and many go through with it – sometimes more than once. Before you decide to change your major, there are a few things that you should consider.
Have you researched the program?
Before deciding to make the big switch, first you should make sure you fully understand what you’re signing up for. One good way to do this is to talk to someone who’s currently in the major you want to switch into. Another way is to take a look at the classes you’ll need to take, maybe even sit in on one or two. It would also be wise to look into the career opportunities available, and what they will require from you. Just because the material is interesting in university doesn’t mean that the job that you get out of it will fit your needs.
Do you meet the requirements?
After researching the program, you should have a good idea as to how competitive it is to get accepted into. Do you meet the requirements? If not, is there anything you can do to meet them? Finding this out before you get halfway through the process will save you a big headache later.
Are you willing to make the sacrifice?
More often than not, many of the courses that you spent so much time on for your first major won’t be transferable for the second. If you’re going to change your major, you need to be able to be ok with losing the time invested in those courses and spending more time making up for the courses you haven’t yet taken. This can mean an extra year or longer in college, and is something that you need to be aware of.
Make Sure it’s for the Right Reasons
There are a number of reasons that a student might decide to change their major, and some are better than others. Make sure that you aren’t switching because of a short term problem, like you aren’t doing well in one of your classes or you just broke up with a boy/girlfriend who’s in your program. Switching your major should be something you do to look out for your long term interests, not to solve a short term problem.
Switching your major is a big decision and shouldn’t be made lightly. Taking the time necessary to evaluate the decision fully is crucial to coming to the right conclusion.