Half of the college freshmen enter college undecided about their major. As many as 70% will change their major at least once during the course of their four-year degree program; the majority of these students change their major at least three times*
Most students entering college are not completely sure of what they will be doing after college. Very few have set their mind up early and end up following what others are doing, what they think or read somewhere. So don’t stress yourself out if you are not sure what you want or will major in. You are just like everyone else.
When you apply to any college you will need to list a specific major of interest. Each college has a specific number of classes and professors that requires them to control the number of slots for each major. The good news is that if you are not sure, you will not be locked into a specific major for the rest of your college years. You can change at any moment.
Changing your major does not necessarily delay your graduation. A study at Western Kentucky University found that shifting major fields had a "minimal impact" on planned graduation times. Furthermore, the data showed that full-time students who change majors at least once reported higher graduation rates than those who remained in the same field for their entire bachelor's program*.
Most popular majors have shown to be related to those jobs where students believe they may have the highest employment demand. Some are Business (26.1%), Architecture and Engineering (8.3%), Computer (5.6%), Education (9.4%), Health (7.5%), Psychology and Social Work (5.2%), Social Sciences (6.9%), Humanities and Liberal Arts (8.6%), Communication and Journalism (5.2%), Arts (4.8%), Law and Public Policy (2.6%)**
The 3 jobs with the highest unemployment rate: Architecture, Arts and Humanities.
6 Questions you may want to ask yourself:
- What kind of job is right for me in the future as a career?
- Will this major I’ve chosen help me towards it?
- What college is right for me for my undergraduate studies?
- Which colleges offer a great program for my chosen major?
- Does my chosen major fit all my abilities, values, interests, and passions?
- Have I identified the advantages and disadvantages of my chosen major?
Georgetown University (The Economic Value of College Majors)