How to Change Your Major

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The first two years of college are all about discovering your interests. Once you settle on a major -- usually close to the end of your sophomore year -- you may find out that the field of study just isn't for you. Even if you've declared a major and complete a few of the requirements, you can still change it.

Talk to Your Academic Adviser

  • When you're certain you want to change your major, sit down with your academic adviser and let him know your decision. Typically, your adviser will go through your transcript and let you know if any of the classes you've taken will transfer to your new major and how much additional time, if any, it will take for you to fulfill all the requirements of your new major to earn your degree. Your college may allow you to officially switch your major through an online process, or you may be required to present "change of major" paperwork to the registrar in person.

Things to Consider

  • Any additional time in college caused by changing your major will cost you extra money, for which you may or may not be able to obtain financial aid. If you're unhappy with your current major, carefully research subjects that you're sure will hold your interest for the next two years. Then, plan to switch early on, within your first 60 credits, according to CollegeTransfer.Net. Generally speaking, although it is possible to do so, it's usually not practical or cost-effective to change your major after you complete your junior year.

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