If you are contemplating a change of major, you should know first that your thoughts and feelings are quite normal and that in most cases, family and friends will support and accept your decisions once they are informed of the investigation, thinking and reasoning processes that led to your decision. During the course of an undergraduate experience, it is more common than not that students in American colleges and universities will contemplate changing majors, and in fact, change their major. Some individuals may change majors more than once. Thoughts of major change can bring about feelings of anxiety, worry or perhaps even shame and fear of disappointing family members back home.
No matter how far into the process you find yourself, we're here to help with the planning and execution of your changing majors.
In the initial stages, try discussing it with your advisor. UNE faculty are concerned most about student fit and success in our academic environment. Your advisor should not hold it against you if you openly bring to him or her your thoughts and concerns about switching majors.
If a particular professor got you interested in a major because of a course you took with her or him, discuss your thoughts with that professor. She or he will be complimented by your interest and will be an excellent source of information.
RA's and other student leaders can perhaps link you to other students who have changed majors. Peer advice and support can be comforting, but be sure to follow the other steps suggested on this page so you have professional perspectives as well. Visit the Career Services Office. The professional staff there are experts in helping you understand the many career possibilities that can result from majors in the liberal arts, sciences or professional programs.
If you have a good idea of the major you want, visit the department chair, or advising liaison of that major. Tell him or her of your interest. Ask for an evaluation of your present standing and a written plan for the courses you would have to take to complete their major. Do not be shy or afraid to do this; departments and faculty welcome students interested in their field. You should know the reality of future course loads before you change.
Some students find themselves in a major that they feel is not the best fit for them. Some reasons for feeling this way could be that students are struggling academically, they do not like the subject or the career path. If you feel this way but you do not knw what major you are interested in, the Undecided Advisor in the Academic Advising Center can work with you to figure out where to start your major exploration. You can take an interest inventory to find out what subject/major is the right fit for you. Pleaase contact the Academic Advising Center at 207-602-2192 or stop by Decary 144 to make an appointment.
To officially change your major, you will need to fill out the Change of Major form that is available online or in the Registrar's Office. You will need to meet with the Department Chair of the program you want to move into and your Academic Advisor for approval signatures before returning the form to the Registra's Office.
You may find that you have interest in academic discipline other than your major. In such cases, you may elect to obtain a minor in a different discipline. You may also discuss with our faculty the possibility of pursuing a double major, which requires you to satisfy the complete curriculum requirements for each major you select.
In both the case of the minor and double major, it is important that you understand that you must satisfy the curriculum requirements for your major and for your minor/double major to be eligible to participate in a graduation ceremony and to receive a diploma.
To find more informtaiton about a minor or double major, you should meet with the Department Chair/Director of that particular program. You can find a list of all Undergraduate majors and minors on the UNE website under the Academics tab.