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What if I hate my major?


Several helpful resources are available for NDSU students looking to change majors.

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.

Emergency Management seniors Emilie Espelund and Nicholas Doll both went through the process of changing programs. Espelund 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.

Doll researched what majors at NDSU were a better fit for him and utilized the Career and Advising Center to help guide him through the process.

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 majors, including how to add/change a major/minor.

·      Get referrals to academic resources on campus.

Espelund also recommends connecting with alumni and graduate students before switching majors, so you can get a better idea of what the program and field is like.

“You will never know unless you try. Before switching your major, try out an introduction class to see if it’s a good fit. I am 110-percent happy with my decision to make the leap and try something different,” Espelund said.

It may seem overwhelming at first, but Doll said changing majors was worth it because he’s on an exciting and challenging new career path.

“Even though I added a few extra semesters onto my schedule after switching majors, I love my experiences here and I was actually excited to spend more time at NDSU,” he said.

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

“Just go for it. Talk about it with your adviser and don’t be afraid to investigate new majors. It’s the best decision I made,” Doll said.

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