Most Important Things to Remember About Choosing a Major

If you choose a particular major then decide to change it down the line, you are definitely not alone. It is estimated that about 50 to 70 percent of college students do this before they graduate. Initial decisions can be difficult to make when weighed down by expectations, time commitments, and inexperience. Changing your major may involve switching colleges, and in some cases, you may have to start over with the kinds of courses you take. There are several considerations and steps you need to make when contemplating this kind of change.

Have I Researched on the New Major?
Often, students find a particular major hard or tasking in terms of assignments and coursework and want to jump ship as soon as possible. Changing majors is acceptable, but having to change it more than once wastes time and could end up costing you more. The decision to make a change should be well-informed. Before making the switch, understand the new major in terms of course requirements. It is also important to look at job prospects before making the leap. Look at the growth trends of that field, salary, and salary progression. In some cases, it is advisable to get an associate’s degree, then get some work experience in that field. Once you have made your choice, you can pursue a graduate degree.

How are you Performing Currently in Your Classes?
If you feel that even after taking extra time to study you are still failing, then you may need to reconsider. If you find the coursework too technical in the formative years, then it is likely to get harder as you progress. You may have to revisit your reasons for choosing that major. In such a situation, it is wise to take to your course advisor. They can help you understand your weaknesses and strengths and come to a better understanding about what kind of major would be best fitted to your personality. Maybe you can supplement your learning with engineering classes online while you take the more rigorous courses for your degree on campus. There are many ways to spread out and test your abilities in different majors.

Are You Passionate About It?
There are numerous people in the workforce who are frustrated with their jobs because they have no passion for what they do. You do not want to join this group of disinterested workers. Money can be a good motivator to work, but if you are constantly complaining and stressed about a job then money becomes secondary. When you are passionate about something, you will enjoy doing it.


Choosing a major is often the most difficult challenge you’ll face in your college years. Look at things that interest you that you feel passionate about, and are confident in learning more about. Your academic advisor can help, so make sure you reach out and look for other options during your search.

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