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Many American students go into college without choosing a major, something that many international students find strange. It is also common for someone to switch majors 2, 3, maybe even 4 times during their undergraduate career (before graduation). This can be detrimental if the switch is not done early enough, so you must weigh the pros and cons to the action before proceeding.
Before choosing a major/switching to a new major it is important to know/be aware of:
- the prerequisites for declaring such a major
- the degree requirements specific to the major
- minimum GPA for acceptance
- internships available in fields related to the major
- the career opportunities for post-graduation.
The process for declaring majors differs from school to school, but it will most likely require you to speak with an academic advisor, a department representative, and/or file some paperwork. If you’re unsure of anything along the way, ask ! Most departments are happy to assist prospective new majors, and advisors are employed to help with things like this.
Why so important?
Many students spend their first two years exploring general requirement courses (such as writing and literature, mathematics, history, a language, or a social science) before they declare a major. It is recommended that you make any final changes to your declared major(s) no later than the end of your fourth semester in order to minimize the risk of delaying graduation. Just remember that the later your switch, the greater the chance of graduating later, as you will need to finish up the new major’s requirements.
In addition to a major, you can also elect to study a second area as a “minor”. Essentially, this is a mini-major, as there are fewer requirements. Many people do this to complement their major, but others it may be completely unrelated. Note that some majors at some schools may require the addition of a minor.
About Guest Author :Kristal recently graduated from a State University in US with B.A and B.S in Economics, Mathematics, and Spanish Majors. She is going to attend a reputed University for PhD in Economics in fall 2010 with full funding. She will share her undergraduate experiences and PhD admission tips with our readers.
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