The Ultimate Guide to Majors!
This is your ultimate guide to choosing a major.
Step 1: Pick which of these detailed groups you find that matches you/interests you the most.
Social Sciences: Law, Econ, Psych, Anthro, etc.
Physical Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.
Humanities: Philosophy, Religion, Writing, Germanic Languages, etc.
Engineering: Biomedical, Computer, Industrial, etc.
Education: Learning Science, Teacher Education, Education Administration, etc.
CS/Math: CS, Statistics, Applied Math, etc.
Services: Social Work, Nutrition, Child development, etc.
Medical: Dentistry, Vet, Neuro, Physical Therapy, etc.
Communications: Journalism, Radio Broadcasting, Advertising, etc.
Business: Finance, Management, Hospitality, etc.
Arts (all): Studio Art, Fashion, Photography, Vocal performance, etc.
Planning: Urban Planning, Interior Design, Architecture, etc.
Agriculture: Forest Management, Environmental Science, etc.
Group Studies: Gender Studies, Asian Studies, American Studies, etc.
Or if you want broader groups, pick from these 7: Social Science, Arts, Business, Medicine, Applied Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering.
Step 2: Find a few specific niche areas of these categories that you like.
Step 3: Write 3 jobs that a person with this major might get.
Step 4: Look at how many jobs there are for that area, how much it pays, and the amount of work-life balance you will get.
Step 5: Look into the difficulty AND skill set of that major- you don't want to hop right into college as an architecture major if you failed geometry!
Step 6: Check your college list. How many of them have some of your top 3 favorite majors? This can be a way to help shorten your list. Maybe you want to be a business major, come to find out some schools on your list have nothing even close to that.
Step 7: Consider the options- minors are a great way to pursue a secondary study, but if both areas are equally as important, you can always double major. Remember to check a school's website to see if you can switch majors, double major, etc.
Tip 1: Don't worry about not being 'unique'.
Tip 2: Don't stress over wanting to switch majors- this is very common.
Tip 3: Don't major in something you don't like for the sake of admissions.
Example 1: Sofia loves the humanities and group studies. Her niche areas of interest within Humanities is literature and is interested in Gender Studies. Her 3 jobs she wrote down were author, publishing assistant, and writer for a female empowerment newsletter. She likes the job ideas, but the pay isn't too satisfying to her to be an author. She looks into both majors more and finds them both to be similar levels of difficulty. Yale, her dream school offers both majors! Sadly, a few others on her list don't. Her list is narrowed down. She realizes that she will probably make more money as a Literature major working in the publishing industry, so she majors in Lit, but still is able to fuel her passion of feminism by joining a club and minoring in Gender Studies.
Example 2: Juan is the first chair violin and enjoys his chemistry class too. He is considering pre-med, but how could he abandon the violin like that? His 3 jobs he wrote were musician, music producer, and physician. The first two have too low of pay for his personal liking, so physician might be the best route. However, medical school is both extrememly difficult and expensive. After tons of research, Juan discovers the career of physician assistant, which both pays well, requires less school (cheaper) and is less extensive. He discovers his new dream school, Northwestern, offers a Chemistry major and music composition minor- literally perfect.
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