Changing Your Major

You had the major decision of choosing a major that you thought you would be passionate about for the next four years; you realize now that you have a major problem - you've changed your mind!

Ask Questions

What classes do you like to take? What are your hobbies? Do you have any skills? What do you see as an interesting and rewarding career?

Ask professors, advisors, and other students about majors. There is nothing better than getting firsthand knowledge from someone familiar with a particular major.

Take a Test

Through the Office of Career Services you can take an assessment called FOCUS. FOCUS offers 5 self-assessments: work interests, personality, skills, values and leisure interests. These assessments can help with your major and career decision-making. Once on the Focus homepage enter as a new user and use the access code: NYIT.


Once you’ve narrowed down a few options research the major in the college catalog and familiarize yourself with the course offerings and their course descriptions. Then research the career options available to students in these majors. You can use the following online resources to help with your research:

  • O*NET, developed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, features constantly updated information for more than 1,000 job titles. It lists characteristics necessary for specific career areas related to interests, work values, and abilities as well as a list of knowledge and skills (i.e. critical thinking, writing, etc.) needed for specific jobs. All you need to do is click on "What It Takes."
  • What Can I Do With My Major? is a listing of majors linked to potential careers.

How to Change your Major

  • Login to NYITConnect and select Program Evaluation. Choose the program you are interested in, followed by the catalog year. This sample evaluation will show you how your courses (completed and enrolled) would apply toward the major you are considering.
    • If you have transfer credits, theses may change once you officially choose a new major. Speak to an advisor to discuss how this may affect you.
  • Compare your current Program Evaluation to the new major’s semester map. If you are unsure about how a certain class would transfer into the new major, or to find out additional requirements, talk to an advisor from the department.
  • Fill-out the Change of Major form and obtain the required signatures. You will need a signature from the chairperson of your current major and from the chairperson of the new major.  Once completed submit it to the Office of the Registrar.

Talk to Us - We Can Help

Contact the Advisement and Enrichment Center if you need to chat about the possibility of changing your major or if you need help with the process. Call, email, or just stop by!