UB Undergraduate Academic Advisement

Changing Your Major

A survey of colleges and universities nationwide reveals that 60% of undergraduate students change their major at least one time before graduating. If you are contemplating this decision, you are not alone!

Review the information below to help you decide whether it is time for you to make a switch. Talk with an academic advisor to discuss your thoughts and to help guide you in the decision making process. Advisors can also help you chart a new plan of study so you can aim to complete your degree in 4 years.

Five Signs You Should Change Your Major*

  • Are you uninterested in your current major courses?
  • Are you doing poorly in your current major courses?
  • Did you choose your current major without much thought?
  • Do you keep reading and asking about other majors?
  • Can you not let the idea go of changing your major?

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

Questions to Consider as You Determine Fit

  • How did your interest in this major begin?
  • What experience/exploration have you completed?
  • Can you see yourself doing this work? Is it a romanticized notion?
  • Where did this idea come from? Was it a suggestion from family or friends? Social/cultural influences? Recommendation of a teacher or mentor? Desire for money, power, prestige or success?
  • Is it a good fit for your academic ability and strengths? Is it a good fit for your personality?

Last updated: March 22, 2016 11:48 am EST

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