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Old 12-24-2011, 06:25 PM
 
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I was two and half years into my BA in public relations and health science minor when I wanted to switch. I wanted something more challenging, but I was in too deep to turn back.

If I could do it over, I would have gone with ag plant science.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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Why was it too late? You would just have to go to school longer to complete the classes needed for the ag plant science degree.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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What scared me from changing was the money it would have required to stay those extra years.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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Often you can do a masters, and sure it is more cost. But, what price do you put on your life's work. You may always regret not pursuing it. If you are under 25, I think you could count on it being worth it in the long run. my opinion only.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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I'm okay with the major I've chosen, but if I were extremely unhappy at this point (I'm a third year), I would NOT switch majors. I would keep on going, graduate, and either go back to school or look for work outside of my field of study.
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:54 AM
 
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It's never too late. I know several people who changed major in their last semester. What's the point of finishing a degree that will only allow you to work in a field that you will be miserable in? Surely a lifetime of misery is more expensive than a few extra semesters of college.

Finishing your degree and then pursuing a graduate degree in your preferred field might be an attractive option if you don't want to change majors as an undergraduate.
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Old 12-31-2011, 01:53 AM
 
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Yes, I have been in undergrad for 4 years now, I was two semesters away(plus summer sessions) from graduating with a BA in Finance however this semester I decided to change my major to Insurance & Risk Management. The finance courses I was taking were not as interesting as IRM so I changed majors. The way I looked at it was I did not plan on working towards my MBA until WAYYYYY later on into my career so I might as well get my BA in something that I could be proud of. I am happy with my decision.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Harrisburg, PA
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Why was it too late? You would just have to go to school longer to complete the classes needed for the ag plant science degree.
This is not really an option if you are receiving financial aid and could not go to college without it. Part of the rules for 'Satisfactory Academic Progress' (SAP) needed to receive financial aid includes a maximum timeframe toward completion. For example, at my alma mater, if you are enrolled in a 128 credit-degree program, then you can only collect financial aid for 192 credits; a difference of 64 credits. So most likely if you are a junior, and you are dependent on financial aid to fund your degree, it would in fact be too late to switch your major.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I realized about three months before getting my BA in psych that I loved social work. I found out by accident when I got laid off from my job and took a social work job. Kinda too late then...the school I was going to didn't even have a social work program. Fortunately the fields are similar and I've been able to get social work jobs with my degree for the past 10 years. But I do feel limited, so I'm back in school working on an MSW.

If you are just two and a half years in on your BA, I think that should have ample time to switch majors without having to do too much extra work. It would be worth doing an extra semester or two now, than going back and getting a second bachelors degree or a graduate degree later on.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:20 PM
 
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This is not really an option if you are receiving financial aid and could not go to college without it. Part of the rules for 'Satisfactory Academic Progress' (SAP) needed to receive financial aid includes a maximum timeframe toward completion. For example, at my alma mater, if you are enrolled in a 128 credit-degree program, then you can only collect financial aid for 192 credits; a difference of 64 credits. So most likely if you are a junior, and you are dependent on financial aid to fund your degree, it would in fact be too late to switch your major.

This is true but most of the time, you should still have time. Generally SAP requirements are up to 170 sch, if the degree program is 120 sch(which most are) required to obtain degree than you will have 50 extra sch to work with without exceeding that limit which is roughly 16 3-sch courses.

But also, it depends on what you are switching your major to, if it requires a lot of extra courses because youre also switching schools(colleges) then it may be too late, like in my case, switching to a different concentration under the same college(college of business) where I already had met all my core business courses, it was not too late, so I changed majors.
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