Things to consider before changing your major
Does your university allow it?
Study the basic entry requirements or credit transfer options from the currently enrolled major in your university. Take note of whether the concerned department accepts credit transfers. Often, universities don’t accept new entries or shifts (especially public universities in Bangladesh), in which case you have to stick to your current major or change your university altogether.
Do you have the time?
Ideally, a year should be enough for you to decide whether your current major is unfit for you. But at the end of the day, even if you’re in your final year, it really depends on what you value more- your time and effort already invested in the old major, or the possibility, potential or satisfaction a new discipline promises.
Why do you want a change at all?
Identify the reasons and question their validity. Learn to differentiate between sheer boredom and the raging need for change. Change your major if you are truly confident that the new major holds a better career prospect for you.
Have you done your research?
Don’t keep gaps in researching about your chosen major. If possible, do a few demo classes in the discipline you’ve chosen. You may also want to get in touch with the alumni and seniors from your chosen field. Consult with peer, staff, and faculty advisors who will help you with comparative and real-life perspectives.
Do you stay in the country?
A recent business graduate from Australia’s University of Sydney said, “Two years into my undergraduate degree at a notable public university of Bangladesh, I realised that my major didn’t quite fit my area of interest. If I wanted to stay in the country, my only options were the private universities, as majority of the public universities don’t accept second-time admission tests. Hence, I transferred credits to an international university after thoroughly going through their courses and programs.”