The Process: A Road Trip in Life
The best way to view the process of choosing a major is to think of it as a road trip. Just like planning a road trip, you need to gather and analyze relevant information about the roads you are traveling, the sights along the way, and your destination city. Just as there are several routes to any destination, there are several routes to deciding on a major - one is not necessarily better than the other; you will just explore different scenery along the way. There will be speed bumps, hills and roadblocks, but remember, it takes preparation, time and energy to follow the right path and end up where you want to be! And yes, it's ok to stop and ask for directions!
Some of you may know exactly where you want to be after graduation but do not know how to get there. In this case, exploring your destination (or your career field) is in order. Once you've learned about your destination, you can find majors that will give you the skills necessary to enter that particular career.
Others may have a few ideas about what to major in, but do not know what they can do with that major after college. For those of you in this category, the Careers section of the Career Development Center's website.
The information below will help guide you through the process of choosing a major. Please note that Mile Markers 2 and 3 are interchangeable, depending on your preference.
And don't forget, the Academic Advising Center and the Career Development Center are your exclusive travel services. We can help you plan your directions, experience the sights, and assist you with any trouble along the way!
Change of Major or Minor Program Forms submitted at the Registrar's Office during priority registration dates will not be processed until the conclusion of the registration appointment period.
New Students can change their major on the first day of their first semester of enrollment at Chapman University.