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Old 04-08-2013, 09:51 PM   #21
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Lots and lots and lots of people switch majors. Part of college is figuring out what you want (or maybe don't want) to be when you grow up. Some schools don't even allow you to official declare a major for a year or two. Much later than that and you're going to be having a bad time.

It sounds like you're not even in college yet... why are you worrying about this? Do what makes you happy and if it ends up not working out then start to reevaluate.
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So interesting question. (Please do not hate and tell me college is a waste of time because I really want to become a doctor.) Any who, the question:

What is all of this stuff about changing majors? Isn't it bad and the reason why people are in college for more than 4 years trying to earn a bachelors degree? I always thought you should have a specific field in mind when you go and push to get there in college. Am I wrong?

The college visits I went on, each tour guide switched majors at least once. I was appalled. Is this common? It can't be good can it?
I switched majors twice in the first year. At the early stages it doesn't matter since most are doing general education courses......now, if you're a senior accounting major and decide you want to do interpretive modern dance as your major, well, you are going to set yourself back a bit.
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I switched majors in the first year. I should of just dropped out and became a waiter. According to NFRS and his lack of evidence college is worthless. You should do the same.
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Not a big deal to switch majors. To attend med school, you need to have the pre-req classes but what you major in is purely your choice. Back when I was applying it was actually a good thing to be different from every biology major out there who was pre med.

I started as a chem major, switched to economics and added biology. When being interviewed for medical schools, I know I had unique interviews bc the interviewers would often comment on my economics Degree and talk about that.... Have to art yourself apart when possible....

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most good schools don't even let you choose your major until your junior year. by then you can't really change it.
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most good schools don't even let you choose your major until your junior year. by then you can't really change it.
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yeah... really.
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So interesting question. (Please do not hate and tell me college is a waste of time because I really want to become a doctor.) Any who, the question:

What is all of this stuff about changing majors? Isn't it bad and the reason why people are in college for more than 4 years trying to earn a bachelors degree? I always thought you should have a specific field in mind when you go and push to get there in college. Am I wrong?

The college visits I went on, each tour guide switched majors at least once. I was appalled. Is this common? It can't be good can it?
All majors require many of the same core prerequisites. Very few of your Freshman classes are geared specifically towards your major. This allows for some flexibility in majors without compromising the 4 year target. Additionally, if two majors are similar there is additional overlap in course requisites.

I went from School of Liberal Arts to School of Business to School of Science and Engineering and still ended up with my BS at 4-years
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All majors require many of the same core prerequisites. Very few of your Freshman classes are geared specifically towards your major. This allows for some flexibility in majors without compromising the 4 year target. Additionally, if two majors are similar there is additional overlap in course requisites.

I went from School of Liberal Arts to School of Business to School of Science and Engineering and still ended up with my BS at 4-years
It always seemed possible to switch up until midway through sophomore year for these reasons. If you are there for more than 4 years, you better have found your passion, or jesus.
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Depends on how much time you take before switching majors. Many schools, like mine, don't even let you declare until after a certain period of time so that you can "figure it out". For example, at the school I attended, MOST freshman enrolled in business programs (marketing, accounting, etc) were in universal classes their first year. At that point, it was expected you would pick a focus area and you would spend the next three years doing that.

On the contrary, my younger brother went in thinking he wanted to be in medicine.. he spent his first year in medical classes only to change majors to business and essentially have a year of worthless credits.. regardless, he was able to graduate in 4 years so it was fine.

People largely finish in 5 or more years because they flunk a class, take too few credits, or switch majors way late in the game.
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most good schools don't even let you choose your major until your junior year. by then you can't really change it.
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well... most what i consider good schools. namely, ivy league.
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I know very few people who didn't change their major. Nearly everyone I knew went through some sort of change, refocused in another area or even dropped out all together.
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People largely finish in 5 or more years because they flunk a class, take too few credits, or switch majors way late in the game.
Or Co-op/intern...especially for engineers.
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well... most what i consider good schools. namely, ivy league.
I know at Harvard students select their concentration after their first semester Sophomore year. At Yale your expected to declare during your Sophomore year. Maybe you meant UPenn? But you couldn't have... because you also have to declare your Sophomore year.
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The number of 18 year old kids who actually understand what they're major and subsequent career will consist of is vastly outnumbered by those who don't.
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I know at Harvard students select their concentration after their first semester Sophomore year. At Yale your expected to declare during your Sophomore year. Maybe you meant UPenn? But you couldn't have... because you also have to declare your Sophomore year.
sorry. yes. you declare during the second semester of your sophomore year at all those places, going into your junior year. what i meant was you don't start taking classes that count toward your major until your junior year.
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