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Choosing a Major in College


Posted on June 7, 2019 by Colin King '20, a Delaware Valley University history, policy and society major.

Courtesy: Delaware Valley University Students listen to a history/public policy lecture.

When I first came to DelVal, I was ready to take on the zoo science major. My first instinct was to do something with animals in my career. During a campus visit, I was asked to think about what I wanted to do on campus. Even before I had committed to a major, I was already questioning if zoo science was what I wanted. 

I ended up choosing conservation and wildlife management as my major in my freshman year. During my first fall semester, I was absolutely miserable. I was struggling with the curriculum because I hated my major classes. The shining light during my first semester was my experience in my history courses. My distaste for the science classes opened my eyes to my love of history. 

My second semester was the first time I changed my major; I switched to secondary education social studies. I stuck to this major for two semesters before realizing education was not my career path. When something is wrong, you always know. 

I had no desire to transfer to another college, so I explored all of my options at DelVal. I finally found the history, policy and society major and, once again, switched my major. Switching to history was the best decision I ever made - I absolutely love what I am studying now. 

Changing majors is an important decision, but never shy away from it. Do not continue in a major you dislike. One of the best things you can do if you are unsure about your major is to try different courses. Look for courses you find to be interesting; your new major may be something unexpected.

It is also wise to talk to your advisor, friends, and family. Advisors can help point you in the right direction when changing majors. Some of your friends may have gone through exactly what you are going through now. Reach out to them, talk to them, and see what they recommend. Talking to your family is also helpful when making a decision like switching majors. In most cases, your family has known you the longest and knows your interests. They can also provide advice during this transition.

Do not be afraid to change majors. Embrace change and find what you love.

About the Author
Colin King '20 is a history, policy and society major who is specializing in public history at Delaware Valley University.