Transfer, then choose a major


Alejandra Ayala

Editorial cartoon by Alejandra Ayala

Contrary to prior belief, it is not necessary to choose a major at the community college level.

When you first register for college, you fill out a list of information and you are also asked to choose a major.

In reality, you don’t have to choose a major.

What is the point of declaring a major in a subject such as theater just to transfer to a school like Cal State Long Beach with the same major to be told that you have to start all


The reason you go to a two-year school is to complete your general education, which is usually the first two years at a university.

So why choose a major when you’re at a community college?

It would just be a waste of time and money to start taking classes that you need for your major when they might not even be transferable.

Students work way too hard in their academic careers to dedicate time to taking classes for a major that may not even be an option.

Another reason is that a student might decide to change his major several times after taking classes for these several majors, which would be pointless.

By students declaring a major, they are basically being set up to fail because if they change that major, they will have to pretty much start all over.

The only time when it would be even remotely necessary to declare a major would be if the student intended to graduate with an associate’s degree and had no intention of transferring.

The primary focus of students at this point in our education should be accomplishment not set back.

The best option is for a student to focus on what is important. Finish your general education.

Focus on taking your core classes while in community college.

There is plenty of time to declare a major when you get to a four-year, or at the very least, declare your major toward the end of your career at the community college level.

It is better to finish it in community college than having to deal with math and English classes once you transfer.

The only reason you should have to still take math or English classes once you transfer is if your major requires you to.

Community colleges are where students look at all possibilities, in terms of majors, and universities are where you do all the work to get accredited in the field you choose.