You're a few months shy of marking your first year in the English Department when you wonder if you're pursuing the wrong degree course. The spring morning brightens your room, as it dawns on you that studying dead authors is not your thing. This becomes a serious matter, as you've been living on a shoestring budget for most of the (school) year. There's a possibility of incurring debt if you change course.
It might be Modern literature, which is like a culture shock to you. Watching movies is one of your hobbies, but silent films didn't pique your curiosity. (You still don't get the praise on "Nosferatu", but you like epics. In this regard, "Die Nibelungen" seems more interesting than "Metropolis". Both movies are Fritz Lang's greatest works.) You may be a huge fan of Tim Burton, but Gothic literature didn't excite you. Yet. And you recall your mother's nice words on Virginia Woolf. You only recall Tilda Swinton in "Orlando", though.
You want to be a writer. You have read the most popular works in the Fantasy genre, even the Young-adult titles that have fantastic elements in it. Are you wasting your time studying the other genres? Is it too late to reassess your specialties? You need to list down the pros and cons on a sheet of paper.
Why Changing Courses is a Good Thing
You found a subject you really like to study. Modern literature exposes you to the turbulent events defining Victorian history. You're inclined to pursue BA History for several reasons. You fancy visits to museums, such that you would pass up Eiffel Tower if you go to Paris on a holiday. The achievements of the authors who have made their mark inspire you, noting that any mistakes they have done were forgotten once their good deeds were remembered. And you're thinking of an authorship in Historical fiction. This leads to the next item.
You can pursue a double degree. Your old man reminds you to be sensible in your decisions regarding your coursework. You're getting the hang of paper writing, so it seems to be a waste if you have forsaken it. It's like getting back to square one, and you can't afford lagging behind your coursemates. A double degree gives you trepidation, as it will test your self discipline. The demands of essay writing affect your mood at times, so you wonder what double time (on paper writing) can do. There are days when you must suffer, but the rewards are innumerable.
You become more concerned on where your course can take you. There's romance in the unknown, but you want stability after your first five years (or more) in the office. You don't know if a BA English degree can give you a guarantee, even if your tutor insists that the course offers lots of career options. A double degree will likely to give you more. There's also a chance that there are options not related to what you have specialized for years. It has something to do with having a double degree in a short time, which the majority of students in the English Department can boast of. In other words, you prefer an easier path to future employment.
It will make you happy, which is a relief. Managing the coursework is hard enough, so the right attitude will make a huge difference. You don't want to force yourself writing ideas that you didn't feel strongly about. Literary criticism doesn't interest you the least, but attempting to provide a different perspective on historical event excite you. It reminds you of an Italo Calvino novel on freedom. (And the nobleman resembles a medieval Forrest Gump.)
A change of location can spur you to study better. You're looking at a different campus, if not a university quite far from your current location. It may be closer to home, but you haven't figured it out. Switching course is the only option to do it.
If You're Serious About Changing Courses
You can visit the other department. You can tell your tutor about it, who may know some people over there. There will be an arrangement, where you can sit down on a few lectures. It's a crucial step, as this will give you an idea if you really want to do it for the next few years. Don't forget to check out the modules you've have studied so far, as some might be credited after your switch. It will save you some time and money.
Don't forget to check your Grade Point Average (GPA), as it must be high enough to assure you an admission in that department. There's a likely chance that you might have to start all over again. Talk to your parents about it, who may pay for your tuition fee. And don't be afraid to seek advice from your tutor. If it turns out to be different from yours, then there's nothing to be frightened about. You need to think it over one more time.
It's better to be sure that this more than whim, as you must look ahead. You will need a long sleep, even a break from your routine. Think it carefully, as tertiary education isn't cheap.