Change Your College Major With Care
How to change your college major.
Are you “done” with your college major? Is there another major of interest to you? Making the switch to a new major may not be all that difficult especially if you’re staying at the same school. Changing career paths is very common for college students who will often find that they’re not suited for or interested in a certain course of study. There are several steps you must take to change your college major successfully.
Explore and choose — Perhaps you rushed into choosing a college major because you felt pressured into making a decision before you were ready. This time, take your time to find out what is out there. Consider taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test to discover how your personality can mesh with the right career choice. Your adviser can provide MBTI options for you.
Meet with your adviser — Your college adviser is your ally, a professional who wants you to succeed in the career choice that is best for you. In addition to offering you an assessment test such as the MBTI, your adviser can discuss with you your options. Your adviser may direct you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website for information about specific careers. For example, if you’re considering becoming a registered nurse, the BLS offers detailed information about the nature of the job, education, certification, job outlook, wages and more. Most every career path possible has been captured and studied by the BLS.
Complete your paperwork — Once you have selected a new college major, you’ll need to carefully fill out your paperwork. Your adviser would have already told you which courses won’t be counted to your new major, if any. Follow the instructions and prepare your payment to switch majors. Colleges typically require students to gain approval from the new department before switching.
Get official approval — When you’ve completed your paperwork, your college adviser will need to sign it. The department head may have to include his or her signature too before the form is sent off to registration with your fee.
Confirm the change — Don’t assume that your new college major has been approved without confirming same. You should receive notification, including a signed copy of the transfer or declaration form, indicating that your new major has been approved and that your request completed. You may need to confirm this final step with Registrar.
School administrators establish their own guidelines on completing a college transfer. The information here is given for general guidance purposes and should not be followed in contravention to your school’s policies.