A survey of colleges and universities nationwide reveals that sixty percent of undergraduate students change their major at least one time before graduating. If you are contemplating this decision, you are not alone! Review the following checklists below to help you decide whether it is time for you to make a switch. Also, talk with an academic advisor to discuss your thoughts and to help guide you in the decision making process, including charting a plan of study to aim to Finish in 4 years, despite a possible major change.
If you identify with three or more of these questions, then it is probably time for you to make a change. Even if you identified with only one or two of these statements, a change may be needed.
*Five Signs You Should Change Your Major, by Peter Vogt
Are you struggling in your professional school major? If so, now is the time to research other programs of study that complement your academic strengths, personal interests and career goals. The qualities that first attracted you to your professional school curriculum can be found in many other majors and minors at UB. The information provided here outlines options for you to explore and consider, so you can make an informed decision about what is the best academic program for you to pursue.
UB offers numerous resources to assist you with the changing a major process, whether you are undecided about what new major to pursue, you need to explore an alternative major to the program you were originally pursuing, or you have been dismissed from your first major of choice.
Student Advising Services (SAS) is the starting point for students to explore the many academic options available at UB. The Center assists students with planning their schedules as they explore, while also aiming to help students Finish in 4 years. In addition to providing a variety of Choosing a Major resources, SAS additionally sponsors a multitude of programs throughout the academic year, including choosing a major workshops, the UB Majors & Careers Night (each fall), and a weblog (online newsletter).
Career Services assists students with the various stages of career development, including self-assessment, career exploration, narrowing choices, and helping students to gain experience through volunteering, internships, and job shadowing.
Additional resources also include utilizing the services of advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as UB's various professional school programs, UB's Counseling Services, and various web resources such as the Undergraduate Catalog.
If you have decided to make a major change, remember to talk with an academic advisor to guide you through this decision making process, including charting a plan of study to aim to Finish in 4 years despite the major switch. Additionally, ensure that you remember to also do the following:
Last updated: April 23, 2013 10:17 am EST