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Who is a Serial Major Changer
Identify the root of major change
Skills to assist these students
Who is a Serial Major Changer?
Before referring them to another advisor...
Identifying the root of major change
Serial Major Changers: Stop the Pattern
Marlene Sanchez and Valerie Tafoya
University College Advisement Center
Quality of major
Beyond freshmen year
Changes major every semester
Visits with Multiple Advisors
Can’t commit/lacks progress
Singular correlation between major and career
What do you do?
What major are you thinking of changing it to?
What made you decide to switch your major?
How would this major differ from the one you are currently pursuing?
What results are you hoping to gain with the new major?
Do you understand the similarities between the coursework and majors?
Student has changed majors 5 times within the last 2 years. Student is a junior and has changed their major to the following:
Student now wants to change major to Criminology. They feel like the last 5 majors will not provide them with a job upon graduation. What steps would you take to assist this student in:
identifying quality of coursework
solidifying a major
George Steele (2003) A Research-Based Approach to Working with Undecided Students: A Case Study Illustration.
NACADA Journal: Spring-Fall, Vol. 23, No. 1-2, pp. 10-20.
Howard K. Schein and Ned Scott Laff (1997) Working With Undecided Students: A Hands-on Strategy. NACADA Journal: Spring, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 44-48.
Schlossberg, N. K. (2011), the challenge of change: the transition model and its applications. Journal of Employment Counseling, 48: 159–162.