A change in your plan can occur for a variety of reasons. You may have been denied admision to your intended major or dropped from your current major. Or, simply, you mayhave discovered that your current major is not right for you. It may not be practical to change your major if you are a junior or senior in a major, especially if the new major will significantly lengthen the time it will take you to complete your degree. Two policies you need to consider include the following:
If you are now interested in pursuing a different career, talk with a Career Counselor or Academic Advisor about ways that you could work toward your career goals. Questions to ask include the following:
Because majors have limited space, students may not gain admission to a desired major. While that is disappointing, it may lead to a student finding a major that better suits his or her strengths and which he or she will enjoy. Take a look at more options.
Some students choose to work to improve their credentials and then reapply to the major they would like to enter, but there are no guarantees that a reapplication will lead to a different result.
Students who do not meet requirements to continue in their majors or who are dismissed from a major should carefully consider their situations and explore their options. While it may be possible to reapply to a previous major, in some cases reapplication will not be an option. If you don't know whether or not you could reapply to your previous major, talk with your departmental academic advisor. If readmission to that major is not a possibility, it's time to look at other options.
If you are on academic probation, Project Success is designed to help you. As one part of the process, you will meet with your Academic Advisor, who can help you assess your current situation and your options.
A transferable skill is a skill or ability acquired during any activity in life – jobs, classes, projects, hobbies, sports, internships, volunteer work, virtually anything that can be utilized in a different setting or while participating in a different activity.
Your transferable skills can be utilized to help you obtain the job you want in a field outside your major. Thus it is important that you be able to articulate the real world applications of your college experience, including the activities and the classes you have taken. Complete this activity for assistance on identifying your transferable skills.
As you approach your job search, be aware of the skills and qualities employers seek as listed below.
Want to know what would happen if you changed your major to Biology? Then Plan a Major Change is designed just for you! By reviewing these plans, you can discover what courses you would need if you changed your major. Log into My Illinois State, and check out the "Plan a Major Change" link.
Here are some tips for reviewing this information:
While you're still deciding on a major, make sure to review the information in Plan a Major Change to make sure your major options are realistic.
Keep in mind that each major at Illinois Stat has its own unique application process and deadlines. Log in to My Illinois State to access our major/minor application change form. Once you've logged in, click on the "Academics" tab, then on the "Apply to My Program" link.