Change of Major Advising
Did you grow up thinking you knew exactly what you wanted to major in and what career you would have after college, but now think it may not be the best fit?
Maybe you picked a major because you did not know what else to choose, or friends and family suggested it to you?
Or maybe you just have so many interests and now have no idea what the best path for you is!
In Change of Major Advising we are here to assist you with learning about yourself and the major possibilities that can suit your academic and career interests and goals. We can help you evaluate where you currently are academically and make connections to potential majors and careers utilizing resources like VIPS and DegreeWorks. We will work with you to create a personal plan of action that may include:
- Appropriate VIPS assessments
- Referrals to other advising offices
- Recommended courses for next term
At the end of the day, our goal is not only to help you succeed academically but thrive in all aspects of your college experience. If you are wanting to learn about other possibilities check out our resources or schedule an appointment today!
Learn About Yourself
If you want to feel confident about your major and career decisions, start by looking inward. Determine what drives you, your interests, your strengths, and what you want out of life. College is a very unique time in your life where you are going to be exposed to new ways of thinking and learning. Embrace this opportunity and do not box yourself in with preconceived ideas about what majors or careers you might have been interested in!
In advising you may be asked to talk about school subjects you excelled in or struggled with in the past. You may also be asked about what things you enjoy doing and what skills you feel you have. Start thinking about these things early so you are prepared to discuss with your advisor.
Make a List of Majors
If you want to learn more about a major before meeting with an advisor, use the KSU Catalog and search under Academic Programs.
Help keep track of your thoughts by utilizing this Major Choice Worksheet HERE
Keep in mind that admission requirements can vary widely by major. Make note of any questions or concerns you have so that you can review them with your advisor.
Myths about Changing Your Major
- Most students come to college knowing exactly what they want to major in and what
they want to do after graduating.
- False! While it is true that a number of students do come to college with a major in mind, often taking classes in that field or being exposed to a new academic subject may cause them to reevaluate their goals. College is a chance for you to explore your interests and get out of your comfort zone, so take advantage!
- Changing my major is going to keep me from graduating "on time".
- This can be true and false; therefore, it is critical to talk to your advisor before changing majors. It is possible that changing your major to a similar field as your previous major may keep your graduation date the same or even speed it up, whereas changing to a completely new field may require Summer or a few additional semesters to graduate. Timing of your major change is key and should be done with help from your advisor!
- Majoring in something means that that is the only option I have for a career after
- False! While it is true that some majors are set-up to lead you to a certain career (ex. Nursing) it does not mean you have to be boxed into a certain career for the rest of your life! Most people end up in a field that has very little to do with the subject they studied in college, rather they utilize the skills they learned in their degree to help them succeed. For example, a student who majors in Psychology may initially think they can only be a therapist or counselor after graduation, but in reality they can pursue a number of broad fields like human resources, business, and technology.
- Most students come to college knowing exactly what they want to major in and what they want to do after graduating.
Have you decided on a new major? Or maybe you still have a few ideas bouncing around? Hopefully you have a starting point to start exploring career opportunities and getting connected with the appropriate advising offices!
Did you know that KSU also has advisors who specialize in career advising? They can also help connect you with internship, co-op, and job opportunities after graduation! Their website is a great place to start, and they offer even more extensive resources for career exploration.
Visit Career Planning and Development for more information.
What are the best Majors for Pre-Law, Pre-med, etc?
The good news is that to enter a professional program after graduation like medical school or law school, you do not need a specific degree, but rather need to have met the required pre-requisite courses. Some majors are specifically designed to include these prerequisites as a part of the curriculum. However, you are better off picking a major you know you will enjoy and do well in, and work with you advisor to incorporate any additional coursework you might need.
If you are considering going to graduate school, some programs may require that you have an undergraduate degree in a particular field, but several programs simply want you to have earned your degree. Programs that admit students from a variety of backgrounds include MBA (Master of Business Administration), MPH (Master of Public Health), and MPA (Master of Public Administration).
How do I Change My Major?
A student may declare their major at any time during the semester by simply following the steps below.
Log onto Owl Express.
Select the Student Records tab
Select the Declare or Change Major/Minor option.
This will open a form which will allow you to make changes to your major/minor
Please allow 5-10 business days for processing your change. You can return to this site at any time to check the status of your request.
Some programs may require additional steps before major change is changed. Please speak with an advisor in that major with any questions.
For a complete list of academic advisors by major, visit advising.kennesaw.edu/who
Appointments can be scheduled in Navigate throughout the year.
What if I still do not have a Major?
Consider meeting with an Owl Advisor to review appropriate assessments in the VIPS Model. These assessments, which can be taken alone or in conjunction with an Owl Advisor, can help you narrow down your values, interests, personality, and/or skills to better align you with major and career potential.
Not enough? Complete an even more in-depth personality and major assessment* from the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services *assessment fee is $25
Career Planning and Development also offers additional online assessments