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College Majors

Guest Author - Susan D. Bates

As a college student in the United States, you will be required to declare at least one course of study (referred to as a major). This declaration may be made prior to matriculation or during your enrollment.

Choosing a major is a very important decision. Academically, you will want to select a major that will interest you because you will be spending a great deal of time studying the chosen subject. Your major should also correlate to your future academic aspirations.

Some careers, such as social work or nursing, require students to have graduated with a degree in a specific major. Other careers may not require a specific major, but employers may prefer employees with related academic backgrounds. Many employers also prefer students who have done well academically. Students tend to earn higher grades in majors they enjoy. Therefore, it is important to choose your major wisely.

One way to narrow down your choice of major is to research possible majors and eliminate ones that do not seem to be a good fit or that you are ineligible for (some majors have restrictions, such as audition or GPA requirements). To do this, start with a list of majors, and then research interesting majors and majors you know little about. As you eliminate majors, crossed them off of your list.

Because there are many colleges, each offering their own majors, it is impossible to provide a list of every major offered. Many colleges give their own title to their majors. For example, what may be called criminal justice at one college may be called administration of justice at another.

However, the following is a broad list of majors offered by various colleges throughout the United States. You can use this list to to help you research possible colleges majors. In addition, you can search for more majors by researching college Web sites and college course catalogs.


Academic Majors

A
Accounting
Actuarial Science
Advertising
Aeronautics
Aerospace Engineering
African American Studies
Agriculture
American Studies
Animal Science
Anthropology
Arabic
Archaeology
Architectural Engineering
Architecture
Art
Art Education
Art History
Asian Studies
Astronomy
Athletic Training
Aviation

B
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Business Analysis
Business Education

C
Canadian Studies
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Chinese
Civil Engineering
Classics
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Communication
Communication Disorders
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Conservation
Construction Management
Criminal Justice
Criminology
Culinary Arts

D
Dairy Science
Dance
Dance
Dental Hygiene
Dietetics

E
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Economics
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Technology
Electronics
Elementary Education
Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Science
English
English as a Second Language Education
English Education
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Science
Equine Studies
European Studies
Exercise Science

F
Film
Finance
Fine Arts
Food Science
Forensic Science
Forestry
French
French Education

G
Geography
Geology
German
German Education
Graphic Design
Greek

H
Health Administration
Health Information Systems
Health Science
Hebrew
History
Horticulture
Hospitality
Hotel & Restaurant Management
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Humanities

I
Interior Design
International Business
International Relations
International Studies
Italian

J
Japanese
Journalism

K
Kinesiology
Korean

L
Landscape Architecture
Latin
Latin American Studies
Latin Education
Liberal Arts
Linguistics
Literature

M
Management
Manufacturing
Marine Sciences
Marketing
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Medieval Studies
Meteorology
Microbiology
Middle Eastern Studies
Middle Grades Education
Military Science
Mineral Science
Multimedia Studies
Music
Music Education
Musical Theatre

N
Native American Studies
Nuclear Engineering
Nursing
Nutrition

O
Oceanography

P
Paralegal
Parks and Recreation Management
Pharmacology
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Photography
Photojournalism
Physics
Physics Engineering
Polish
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Affairs
Public Relations

R
Religious Studies
Resource Management
Risk Management
Russian

S
Science Education
Social Studies Education
Social Work
Sociology
Soil Science
Spanish
Spanish Education
Special Education
Speech
Sports Management
Statistics
Statistics

T
Telecommunications
Textiles
Theatre
Theatre Education
Travel & Tourism
Turfgrass Science

U
Urban Studies

W
Web Design
Wildlife Management
Women's Studies

Z
Zoology


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