5 Things To Think About Before Changing College Majors

I’ve read a lot of articles now about tips and points to consider when choosing a major, but I’ve seen very few about what you should consider when changing a major in college.

Starting off school as a journalism major, and now looking ahead to my fifth and final year of school as an English major, there are some details you have to look at when you’re considering a major change.

How Far Along Are You?

If it’s your third year into your major and you’re having second thoughts, it may be worth it just to stick it out or attempt to double major in the other field you are thinking about. You’ve already put all this time and effort into your degree that you at one time had some serious interest in, so finishing up and then looking forward to your other field may be the best route.

Don’t Be Afraid to Switch Poles

If you’re a 2nd year chemistry major and are positive you don’t want anything to do with science ever again, don’t be scared to jump ship and head towards the liberal arts. Doing something you don’t want to do will only make school that much harder for you and probably affect your grades accordingly.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take Some Time

Rome wasn’t built in a day. After realizing I wasn’t sure about majoring in journalism, I took a year and went to school part-time (to keep my in-state residency) and really figured out what I wanted to do. Your parents may be displeased with your choices for a bit, but you’ll be disappointed in yourself for the rest of your life if you major in something you don’t want to.

Don’t Think About Job Placement

It may be a little bit easier for me as an English major to have come to terms with job uncertainty, but for most it’s the reason they are in the major they’re in. Of all the professionals and college graduates I’ve spoken to over the years, your major does not dictate what you will do after graduation. Any job you get will likely provide specialized training for you from the get go and you may well find that the organizational and multitasking skills of college are all you use in your occupation.

Plus, a recent article found that those majoring in the liberal arts face only around a one percent difference in unemployment rates in comparison to majors like mathematics and computer science.

Dip Your Toes in Before You Take a Dive

Journalism was very interesting and is a respectable major. However, in high school I focused most of my time on creative writing, not reporting. I chose journalism because I figured it was a more respectable and structured profession, not looking farther than that. Once in the major, I realized how this actually stemmed and blocked a lot of my growth as a writer.

Make sure you dabble in a class or talk with someone who graduated with that major before you pick up shop and settle down in a different field. Going in with as much information as possible will make it more likely that you’ll only have to change your major once.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.