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by Erica Haslup, student writer

At least two-thirds of college students will change their majors once or twice, according to HPU Advisor Lisa Ishikuro.

Ishikuro, who works in the downtown advising center, said, “Most students seem to consider changing majors at least once in their undergraduate career.”

Changing majors is quite simple, according to Ishikuro. The first thing to do is see an academic advisor. “Basically we just spend some time discussing the student’s future plans, and how the new major is or isn’t in line with his or her academic and career goals,” Ishikuro said.

The actual changing of the major requires the student to fill out a form indicating the desire to change to a new major, and then the advisor signs it and updates the student’s file in the computer database.
Some students agree that the process of switching to another field of study is fairly simple.

Junior Karen Gaspar changed her major from business to human services, then to advertising.

“ It was really simple,” she said. “I made an appointment and told them why I wanted to change my major. Then they switched it for me. It couldn’t have taken more than 15 minutes.”

Students change majors for a variety of reasons. Some lose interest, others want to pursue another passion, and some base it on course requirements and workloads.

Senior Cassie Johnston, an advertising major, switched her major after losing interest in some of her classes.

“ I felt like [they] were repetitive and a waste of my time. If the course workload includes too much, then students are going to only partially commit.”

Brian Underwood, a sophomore studying marine biology, believes course workload can be a reason to switch majors: “Many students have switched out of marine bio because they can’t handle it, but the courses have just made me more committed, since I know my goal is within reach.”

Besides course workloads, future income is another consideration when deciding to change majors.
Sophomore Harrison Bell switched from marine biology: “I felt that I would make more money later if I went into international relations. Money runs the world these days, and people.”

Sarah Brulport, a sophomore psychology major, also considered future income during her switch, but in a different way. She is more focused on enjoying her job and not stressing out about income.

Ishikuro added two other suggestions for students who are thinking of changing their majors. “Take a look at long-term goals, and ask yourselves the following two questions. What are you planning to do after you graduate? And how important is it for you to have job stability?”

Having the flexibility to easily switch majors has allowed many students to discover what they really want. “It makes me realize things are hard to get, but it’s what challenges you,” Bell said. “College makes you take initiative and really work hard for your goals.”


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