SWITCHING MAJORS AS A SOPHOMORE OR JUNIOR
The secrets to switching majors or concentrations are knowing the requirements of both, talking with your advisor and a student consultant, and creating a new academic plan to help you graduate on time. Using the right resources can help the switch be as smooth as possible.
For Anyone Switching Majors
The first step is to meet with your current advisor. Your advisor can help you figure out which major best suits your interests if you are undecided. Once you have narrowed down your options, schedule an appointment with the department(s) that oversee(s) those majors.
Switching Majors/Concentrations Within the CBE
If you are switching majors within the College of Business and Economics, your next step is to schedule an appointment with the Student Academic and Career Services. There, a student consultant will be able to answer any questions you might have. They will help you project your new graduation date through a revised academic plan based on the classes you have already taken.
If you are currently a Business Administration major and want to change your concentration, you still might be able to graduate at the same time you originally planned. The requirements for admission into the major and the upper-level courses are the same for all Business Administration majors. The only requirements that will change are your concentration classes, BUT some concentration classes overlap. For example, MNGT 375 is required for concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, International Business, and Management. So, if you have already taken that class for your old concentration and it is a requirement for your new concentration, you will not have to repeat it unless you got a grade lower than a C.
If you decide to switch from the Business Administration major to Accounting or Economics, you should definitively talk with a student consultant because the requirements are different. For example, the Accounting major has more admission requirements than Business Administration. An explanation of each major's requirement can be extensive. Nevertheless, this does not mean that it will take you a long time to graduate. It all depends on if you take the initiative to talk to an expert who can help.
For Anyone Switching to a Major Outside of the CBE
If you want to switch to a major in another college, such as College of Liberal Arts or the Fisher College of Science and Math, consider meeting with an advisor in that college. You can also run a “What-If Report” in your student center on Towson Online Services (PeopleSoft) to figure out how many additional classes you will need and how long it will take you to graduate. You can also use this report with the Business major scenarios mentioned previously.
Don't be afraid to take a different route than what you originally planned! College is all about figuring out what's best for yourself. Just remember to take advantage of advising and information, and you'll be fine.