It’s not uncommon to enter your first year of college with your sights already set on a major and your future career path. It’s also not uncommon to change your major and, rest assured, you’ll have the opportunity to do that at Lubbock Christian University.
A study by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed that 80 percent of college students change their major at least once. There are a lot of reasons why, including the fact that many students gain a better understanding of who they are and what they want to do once they’re in college.
Remember: there’s no rule that says you can’t change your major or plans once you’re in college. Here are some things to consider – and questions to ask yourself – as you determine what major is the best fit for you.
Note: If you decide to change your major before registering for classes, please visit your Admission Advisor to make sure your account and courses are updated correctly.
Don’t ignore second thoughts.
If you’re having second thoughts about your original major, listen to them sooner rather than later. Sometimes a gut feeling produces the wisest choice in any situation. Take an honest, clear look at why you’re having doubts, especially when those doubts say it won’t be possible to change your major.
Why do I want this major?
This is perhaps the most important question you can ask yourself when deciding a course of study for yourself. Perhaps you’ve chosen a major because of someone else – like a family member – who thinks it’s a good idea. Or, it was your parent’s or sibling’s major. But what others have done shouldn’t determine the path you’ll pursue at LCU.
What are the major’s requirements?
LCU has 66 undergraduate majors to choose from, and each comes with different requirements. It’s important to research those requirements and the courses needed for each of those majors. That doesn’t mean you need to change your major simply because a couple of required courses don’t appeal to you, but if there more than a few that fall into that category, you may need to re-think your major.
What are the career opportunities?
Most students consider what job or career they’d like to have after they’ve graduated with a degree in a specific major. However, it’s important to consider career fields and job prospects beyond what might be available right after you graduate. You’ll want to plan for a career that is viable well into the future.
Do I know this major?
It’s easy to fall in love with a major before you’ve immersed yourself in it. It may be a field that you’ve never studied before, and you don’t realize all that it entails. The difficulty of it may be something you didn’t anticipate, or you’ll find it doesn’t match your true passions. Look beyond the major’s introductory courses to see what’s expected in the future.
Have I talked with someone who knows this major?
Don’t commit to a major until you’ve at least talked to a professor and someone who has taken it or is currently taking it. You’ll get a much clearer understanding of what’s in store for you if you choose a specific major.
Be sure to pray about this decision as much as you have talked about it. If you need someone to pray with, contact a professor, Admission Advisor or friend. Ask for God's help as you make this decision and evaluate the best path for you.
Other questions to ask yourself.
Choosing a major is a big decision, and besides pondering the questions above, there are many other things you should ask yourself:
- What topics or courses do you find most interesting?
- How do your best skills relate to majors and careers?
- What would be your dream job?
- What kinds of problems do you like solving?
- What are the popular career paths for graduates from your degree program?
- Have you visited our electronic bookstore to browse textbooks for courses required in your major or researched reading materials for this field? Do they capture your attention and hold your interest?
- What opportunities are there available to help you gain experience in your field (and confirm your goals)?
There are many other things to consider before choosing a major that’s right for you. But the bottom line is that – as a freshman getting ready to attend LCU this fall – it’s not a decision you have to make right now. Gather all the information you can, talk to others, and then decide what path you’d like to follow.