What do students have to think about when transferring majors?
Some students decide to transfer to other Christian colleges and universities because they want to be closer to home, take advantage of other on-campus facilities, or improve their career prospects. However, some individuals decide that their major is simply not for them and choose to pursue another course of study.
Prospective transfer students should be aware that, if their choice of major is radically different from their present degree program, they will need to thoroughly research which credits will transfer. Many general education classes will carry over to another major, but course-specific classes may not. Students will likely find that if they transfer within their first 60 credits, more will apply toward their new degree program.
A prior learning assessment (PLA) is also something prospective transfers should look into before making any decisions. These examinations enable students to demonstrate a grasp of specific course material either through previous college credits, work experience or military service. Standards of PLA programs vary from one Christian college to another, so prospective transfer students should ask the admissions adviser of the schools they are looking at about specific requirements.