Changing majors as a transfer student

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Changing majors as a transfer student

One of the most common reasons students decide to transfer to another Christian university is their desire to study a different subject. Career goals often change over time, and many students find themselves wanting to pursue a different degree at some point in their academic life. For individuals who are considering transferring to another Christian college to change majors, there is a lot to think about.

Informed decisions
When it comes to changing majors, prospective transfer students should begin by asking themselves what they want their degree to do for them. While many individuals want to pursue a new career path upon completion of their undergraduate studies, others attend college to improve their employment prospects in the field in which they are already working. Regardless of why students choose to change majors, doing so requires some planning.

In some cases, elective courses lead students to alternative career paths. Many students discover a passion for another subject during the pursuit of their original degree, and subsequently choose to major in the field that interest them most. Individuals who are considering changing majors should examine their motivations for doing so and assess how their decision is likely to affect how soon they earn their qualifications.

Time it right
The timing of a potential transfer is also very important. For example, transfer students may find that changing majors before they have earned 60 credits is easier thanĀ  it would be in their junior or senior year. If students decide they would rather pursue another major, they should strive to ensure that their general education grades are as high as possible, as they may not be able to transfer specific class credits from one major to another.

Changing majors does not have to be a radical transition. For example, students who enroll in physics degree programs may find they have a passion and talent for chemistry, in which case many of their classes may transfer to their new program. Similarly, individuals hoping to transition from finance and business degree programs might be able to apply many of their classes toward a degree in marketing.

Rules and requirements for transfer students vary from one Christian university to another and depend greatly on the timing and specifics of students’ situations. Before making any decisions, transfer students should discuss their plans with an admissions adviser at their prospective colleges to see how their decision will affect them.

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