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3 Reasons Your College Planning May Change Based on Your Major

Jan 6, 2018

Many college students select a major early in their time at a university, but their experiences and changes in personal goals or interests may cause them to change majors at some point. While you need to choose a major that you are most interested in, you also need to know how this change can affect your college planning efforts.

You may think that a change in majors would not have a significant impact on your college plan, but your major selection can actually have far-reaching impacts on your educational career. These are some of the ways that your college plan could change if you select a new major.

Majors Have Different Educational Requirements

Each major has unique educational requirements. Depending on how far along you have progressed with your previous major, some of the courses that you have already taken may not apply to your new major.

Rather than counting as courses needed to satisfy degree requirements, they may only be used as extra electives with your new major. This could potentially push back your graduation date by a semester or by a much longer period of time.

If you are a business or economics major and change to a finance major, the impact may be minimal. However, if you change from an economics major to an English major, the impact may be much more significant. It’s also important to note the availability of classes at your university.

For example, if you’re at UW Whitewater College of Business & Economics and want to change programs, you can choose from what UWW offers, but you’d have to find another institution if you wanted to pursue a law degree. Changing schools is much more difficult than changing programs so you’ll likely want to get help with it.

You May Want to Take Advantage of an Internship Opportunity

With your new major, you may have different internship opportunities available. These opportunities may be essential for you to gain experience that can help you to land a great job after you graduate, and you may not want to miss out on them.

However, an internship can take up many hours of your time during the week, and you may want to take a lighter course load during the semesters when you are interning.

A New Major May Require More Challenging Courses

Each major has required courses that may be more or less challenging for some people. Each student has strengths in different subjects. Your ability to plan a reasonable work load for each semester will be based on how easy or difficult you anticipate a course to be.

If your new major has many required courses that you perceive to be challenging, you may opt to take fewer classes each semester until you graduate.

As you can see, there are many factors associated with your major that can impact your college plan. If you are thinking about changing majors, you should be aware of these impacts. However, ultimately, you should choose a major that you are most interested in and that you believe will open doors for you after graduation.

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