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What to Do if You Want to Change Majors

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Posted on February 11, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

Changing your major is a big decision and requires a great deal of thought and consideration. It's not always the easiest process, but if you truly believe there's another academic program you should be involved in, it will be worth the extra effort.

If you find yourself in this position, there are a few helpful tips that can make the process easier for you.

Find out what to do if you want to change your major at Delaware Valley University. 

1. List the reasons you want to change majors.

This may seem like an obvious step, but it's crucial that you carefully consider all the reasons you want to change majors. 

Perhaps you are thinking of changing majors because you don't know many people in your program and you want to be involved in a program that your friends are in. Or you may not be getting very good grades in this program and it's becoming difficult for you. 

These are not valid reasons for switching majors. These can be fixed; by trying to make new friends or by scheduling time with a tutor. 

Students who should change majors are the ones who don't see themselves having a career in the field that they've chosen. Or if they feel passionately about another field instead. 

Speaking with your advisor can help you clear up the difference.

2. Talk to your advisor.

If you're contemplating changing your major, the first step is to discuss this with your advisor. He or she has worked with you for a certain period of time and understands your worth ethic and knowledge, therefore will be able to help you decide if it's the right decision for you. 

They'll also help you with the actual process of switching majors. This requires paperwork and signatures that your advisor will walk you through. 

You can count on your advisor to help you understand the major you're switching to as well. They can give you some advice or direction before you enter the new program. 

3. Explore the program.

Find out all you can about the program you're looking to switch to. You want to learn as much as possible to be absolutely sure it's what you want to be involved in. Learn about the different courses that you'll be taking, talk to professors and even discuss with students that are currently in the program. This could help you understand the program better and make your decision to change majors more informed. 

4. Find out how many of your credits transfer.

The setback of changing your major is the possibility of losing credits that you've already worked for and earned. If your current program is completely different from the major you're looking to switch to, it's possible that none of your classes will count toward the new program. This means that you may need to take an extra semester or two in order to complete the required coursework. 

On the other hand, in some cases, credits will transfer, especially if they are general education courses that you take early on in your college career.

Consider these tips when you’re planning on changing your major. Click here to check out DelVal’s blog for more information.