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Title:Major Change is a Major Decision
Author(s):Rowlands, Michelle
Abstract:This project investigates why and how often students change their major and asks: What are the universities policies regarding major changes? And how does the university facilitate this? On the basis of interviews with students, faculty, and academic advisors, the study finds that every student’s goals and aspirations are individual and unique, and so is each students experience at Illinois State University. Some students arrive at the university knowing exactly what they want to major in, while other students are still undecided by their third or even forth year in college. ISU is an institution that facilitates student’s indecisiveness and offers a wide variety of options. Sometimes it takes two, three, maybe even six attempts at choosing a major, but the options provided by ISU are endless. The university’s academic advisors and career center do an excellent job and encourage students to choose a major that fits their goals ands aspirations.
Issue Date:2005-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-24

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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