Majors & Minors: Is it time to change?

Thinking about switching your major? It's not as uncommon as you think! Use this page to learn more about switching your major or adding a minor.

"If the plan doesn't work, change the plan - NEVER the goal!"

- Anonymous   

Miners are more likely to switch majors after the second semester of their first-year at Missouri S&T. Before making the switching, consider these things.

  • Embrace your natural abilities: There is no one field that is better or worse than the other. Be in a field that plays into your natural strengths while challenging you.
  • Think about your future: Though you'll always be a Miner, you won't always be physically at Missouri S&T. Consider the specific types of jobs and career options you would like to have once you graduate.
  • Academic & Financial Standing: Sometimes switching majors can cause a student to lose credits, take additional prerequisites, and/or extend their time at Missouri S&T. The longer you delay the decision to switch, the greater the impact of switching degrees. This isn't to deter your decision - it's to encourage you to think thorough through your decision.

Making this decision is huge! But you aren't in this alone! Outside of your immediate network, make sure to discuss what's best for you with your faculty advisor, other faculty/staff in the field. Contact S&T Advising Center and Counseling Services for career counseling.

Instead of changing majors, maybe adding a Minor is a better option for you!

  • What is it: A minor is a short-series (usually around 5) of classes that you can take to enhance a degree, gain a speciality, or pursue an area of personal interest. Missouri S&T offers 3 undergraduate certificates and over 50 minors! Check them out!
  • Do I NEED one: Nope! However, minors are great way to explore multiple areas of interest or fields without committing to a 4-year degree. It's also a phenomonal to boost your resume for future jobs or internships.
  • Picking a minor: "When choosing a minor, you can do one of two things. You can either choose a minor that mirrors your major, like a business major and marketing minor, or you can choose something completely different to explore your interests further, like an engineering major and a theater minor. Either way, a minor can improve your resume and give you a chance to specialize in a certain topic or discover more about something you’re passionate about." - ecollegetimes.com

Minors can be a practical and useful way to break the monotony of your current program while expanding your horizons.

Here are some statistics from “Beginning College Students Who Change their Majors within 3 Years of Enrollment,” an article that appeared in the U.S. Department of Education’s Data Point newsletter in 12/2017.

  • 52% of math majors switched to another major
  • 40% of natural sciences majors switched
  • 37% of education majors switched
  • 36% of humanities majors switched
  • 35% of all STEM majors switched
  • 32% of engineering majors switched
  • 32% of general studies majors switched
  • 31% of social science majors switched
  • 31% of business majors switched
  • 28% of computer and information sciences majors switched
  • 26% of healthcare field majors switched

https://www.studentresearchfoundation.org/blog/statistics-about-changing-college-major

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Additional Resources

The Majors & Minors Test, created by the S&T Student Success Center, is an online step-by-step program to assist you in finding the right major or minor, and to help students who already know the major or minor they want, to make the switch or addition.

Click Here to access the test.

MyDegree - "What-If" Feature
"MyDegree automatically generates a report reflecting a student's academic progress toward the completion of a degree. In addition, a student may request "What If" reports for other majors they may be considering. The report automatically places the student's Missouri S&T course work, transfer courses and courses in progress within a series of requirements and sub-requirements for a specific degree program.

A degree audit is not a confirmation of requirement or degree completion. Students must meet with their academic advisor to confirm progress toward earning the degree." - S&T Registrar

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlooks publications is a great way to see how careers can potential change over time, as well a what career options may interest you. Browse the site for the statistics on what your future could entail!

Visit the Bureau's Career Outlooks page.