College Students: Changing Majors by the Rules
The best college majors are also the most competitive ones. As such, there may be very strict transfer rules set forth by the college.
For instance, Texas A&M University(1) only allows students to change into a Liberal Arts major if they have a GPA of at least 2.0 and completed fewer than 95 credit hours. Even if a student meets these requirements, there are additional prerequisites. For example, first year students still selecting college majors cannot change until after final semester grades are posted.
Arizona State University(2) is a bit more lenient with respect to the GPA requirements, but the school does require the student to visit the academic advising office of the new major. Moreover, there are time restrictions the students must meet when thinking of a change; usually it is the first week of classes.
Ohio University(3) breaks down its standard by college; for example, the College of Business only permits 25 students to transfer in – as long as their GPA is 3.0 and they completed a number of prerequisites. The College of Fine Arts allows for a GPA of 2.75 but only accepts 10 students each quarter.
Changing your major in college after enrollment is possible but it is an undertaking that should be discussed with an enrollment counselor or advisor. Avoid spur of the moment decisions!