Making Major Changes

While most of you don’t have to declare your majors yet, it’s never too soon to start thinking about it. For those of you who are still undeclared, you have plenty of time to keep exploring your options. For others, with your first semester just days from being over you may have found that the major you chose at the beginning of the semester just isn’t right for you. So what can you do?

If you don’t like your major it’s best to switch majors as soon as possible. That way you won’t be taking classes next semester that you may not need to take. To change your major head over to Academic Advising which is located right in the same building as the library. There, you can pick up the form you’ll need to change your major. The form is short, it’s not even a full page long. The process is actually very quick! Many first year students are reluctant to change majors because they may have already taken a course which would have counted toward their old major.  Most majors however, allow for two free electives in a subject of the student’s choosing. When you switch majors, the courses you took for your old major may simply become electives on your flow sheet. In some cases your old major courses may even fulfill some of your General Education requirements. Don’t be afraid to change your major just because you’ve taken one or even two classes dedicated to your current major. Another option may be to change your former major to a minor, so you can still graduate on time or to take six classes instead of five for the remainder of your college career.  Talk to your advisor about all of your options. You don’t have to feel trapped in a major you don’t like!


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