Majors - What you put on application

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By Techieguy (Techieguy) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 06:56 pm: Edit

Let's say you apply to a college and put your intended major as, say, Spanish. You get accepted into the school and matriculate. But during the summer before your first semester, you decide you want to take French. What would happen? I'm clueless as to why you have to put down an intended major if you can just change it anyway.

By Morgantruce (Morgantruce) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 08:00 pm: Edit

That's why it's not a good idea to declare a major until you've spent some time in college.

By Ariesathena (Ariesathena) on Monday, August 04, 2003 - 09:09 pm: Edit

As far as I know, you aren't locked into taking that major at a school. What might happen is that your freshman advisor would be in the Spanish department, most of the mailings would be from there, etc. However, most schools do not ask you to declare a major until your sophomore year (freshman for engineering), so it is not a problem.

You are asked to cite fields of interest for a few reasons. Universities can see what you are planning on doing and it can help to focus your application. Also, universities need to build a class: they cannot accept only English and philosophy majors, for example, as they need to fill spots in major. However, if you are to say you want to be a Spanish major, what the college really knows is that you aren't filling up space in their engineering courses.

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