How to Change Majors in College

Did you know that 80% of college students change their major at least once during their college careers?

So, if you find yourself wanting to make a change, don’t worry! You’re not alone. In fact, many students change their major more than once. 

Wondering how to change your major? It’s a much simpler process than you might think.

First things first, decide on a new major.

If you are unsure what major you should change to, try to think of the career paths that interest you. Work backward from there and then find out which degrees can help you with that career.

Try talking with a parent or professor you trust for guidance on different programs or schedule some time to go to your school’s career counseling center and take some assessment tests. You want to make sure you pick the right area of study for you and your future – so invest the extra time to make the right decision.

Then, it’s time to speak with your academic advisor.

Once you have decided on a major, it’s time to speak with your academic advisor. They will help you plan everything out and make sure you meet all requirements to make the change.

If you can, try reaching out to an academic advisor from your new major, and consult with them about the program, curriculum, and what awaits you after graduation for job opportunities.

Now, it’s time to make sure you meet all academic requirements.

During the change, you need to make sure you have met all of your new major’s acceptance requirements. Even if you are already a student at the school, there is the possibility you’ll need to be accepted into your new major. This is one of the reasons it’s essential to keep your grades up.

If you don’t meet the requirements, it could delay your change, and you’ll need to discuss your options with your academic advisor.

Delays might mean an additional semester to bring up your grades or taking other pre-requisite courses for your acceptance.

Last but not least, it’s time to submit your paperwork.

Once you know that you meet all of the criteria to make the change, the next step is getting everything turned in. Make sure you have your documents and forms ready and turned in on time.

Believe it or not, your change of major request will go through a review process similar to new students and will likely have to be approved by the department chair and the college dean of your new major.

Your academic advisor should keep you updated on the details once you get to this step.

It is vital to select the right area of study to fit your needs and interests. You should also remember that a major does not make you obligated to pursue a career in that field. Many people serve in different roles and jobs that have nothing to do with their area of study.

Your degree will not define you. It just gives you a starting point for your career. Good luck out there!