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What if I hate my major?

There are more than 100 majors to choose from at NDSU. Choosing what to study is a big decision, but don’t worry if your interests change. NDSU has several resources to help you discover your passion. 

Criminal justice senior Careene Madrid went through this process. Madrid realized after a few classes that her first declared major wasn’t the right choice. She met with her adviser and crafted a new plan that was better suited for her new career goals. She’s now a criminal justice major.

It may seem overwhelming. But Madrid said changing majors was worth it because she’s on an exciting and challenging new career path. 

The Career and Advising Center is a great resource for students interested in changing majors. The center helps students:

·      Answer basic questions about general education requirements

·      Understand academic policies at NDSU

·      Receive guidance on academic major, including how to add/change a major/minor

·      Get referrals to academic resources on campus

Madrid also recommends attending events, clubs and meetings on campus for different fields of study to find the right fit. Connect with your peers and faculty from the programs you are interested in so you can get a better idea of what the program will be like.  NDSU faculty will answer any questions.

“You’re not alone. A lot of people I know went through similar experiences as me. Utilize the resources on NDSU’s campus and you’ll get on the right track,” Madrid said.

It’s  a good idea to set up an appointment with an adviser to talk through your questions.  Advisers can provide information about a variety of academic opportunities. 

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