Students lose progress as desired majors are closed
We have always been told that we do not have to declare a major until the end of our sophomore year and changing your major would be no problem if we ever had a change of heart.
It is not uncommon at all for a student to change their major or minor during their college career, whether it be one semester, two semesters or even three semesters later. Perhaps students change their minds once or even twice.
But, what if you have finally decided what you want your major to be and you are denied a position due to overcapacity?
This is the issue for those students who have come to realize that they are interested in strategic communication.
Rather than being enrolled as a strategic communication major, students are being put on hold, similar to a wait list, to be enrolled in the Schieffer School of Journalism as a strategic communication major.
For those students who have already fulfilled their TCU Core Curriculum, this is an even larger dilemma.
Why would a student who cannot be enrolled in their desired major want to stick around and pay for another semester for classes that they do not necessarily need? The answer is that they won’t; there is no reason for a student to take needless classes.
There are not enough classes available for students that are not enrolled in a major, which makes it hard for students to stay on track for when they are accepted into the program.
Why is it that the university continues to increase the annual tuition if they are unable to satisfy all of their students’ needs? Where is all of the money the university claims they need going?
The university has been growing the past few years and each year accepting more and more students. If TCU is going to continue to expand, it should first be able to satisfy the needs of its current students.
My suggestion is that the university ought to expand their strategic communication program because of the high demand of students not only changing their majors but for those who are barely deciding on one. There should be more than just one or two classes you can take as a non-major to stay on track.
It has been said that there are not enough teachers to teach the classes to be able to satisfy all the students. If there are not enough professors or classes, we should either expand the classes into larger lecture halls or hire more teachers.
I am well aware that it is not easy to just hire new professors, but if there is a large number of students who are paying the annually increasing tuition, then there ought to be a way to do something about this situation.
Mercedes Ynocencio is a sophomore pre-major, criminal justice minor from Saint Charles, Ill.
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