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How are college majors and minors usually chosen?

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July 17, 2019 / By Gerry
Question: I'm a high school sophomore, and even though I have time left I'm fairly certain I will major in psychology. I was looking at my dream college's course sheets and it says psychology majors have to minor in "another discipline". Does this mean I would have to minor in something in the social sciences department, or can I minor in one of my other passions such as creative writing or Spanish? Is it typical to minor in something in the same study area or do people minor in stuff completely different as well? Also, I've heard that college freshmen don't have to choose their major the first year but must declare it by their second year. Would it be wiser to not declare my major and go with the flow at first, or if I'm certain should I jump right into it? (I'm taking psychology classes next year in high school so hopefully I'll make a good decision) Thank you :)
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Delphine Delphine | 6 days ago
Most people by the time they are in high school are passionate about some field enough to want to major in when they go to college/university. In my case I always knew I wanted to be an engineer, I taught myself a lot of basic engineering while in high school, went to Electronics Engineering School and have had a good career as an electronics engineer. My daughter developed a passion for transportation, medical administration and economics and did a dual major in Economics and Political Science and got her Emergency Medical Technician License. In grad school for her MSc she is taking transportation management and is getting her PhD in civil engineering with an emphasis on transportation. My point is that the best thing to do is to go into something you are passionate about. Unfortunately too many kids make it to their senior year and never become passionate about anything. Unfortunately, these kids, in college, generally end up on the wrong side of the bell curve and get eaten alive in class standing by the kids who are passionate about their field. So what do you do if you feel you are not passionate about something? Either you search deep into your soul to see if there really isn’t something you are interested in before all else. And I do not mean the opposite gender. Failing that you need to take something that will make you a living. Most BA degrees are “personal enrichment” degrees and do not lead to a job. If in doubt take a degree in business or accounting. You can make a good living with an accounting degree. And the good news at most schools you have little trouble in changing majors in your first 2 years if you should suddenly become passionate about something. Psychology is one of the most popular majors in spite of the fact there are essentially no jobs for a person with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. You can only realistically expect to make a living in this field if you get a PhD so you can set yourself up in private practice as a Psychologist. To do this you have to graduate from your bachelors program with a GPA of at least 3.0. If you think you can do this and commit yourself to at least 4 years of additional schooling after you get your bachelors, then great. But if you do not think you will get at least a 3.0 or do not intend to stay in school past your bachelors degree then you should consider a different field. And since you need a PhD and once you have a PhD no one really cares where you got your bachelors, just go to the place you can go for the cheapest, generally your closest state university, as an in state student. If you do not want to pursue a masters in Psychology, you can also go into a masters program in a lot of other areas or to law school as well.
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Delphine Originally Answered: In college, is it better to have two majors and no minors or ONE major and TWO minors?
Whether you can do a double major depends on the school. Some schools do not offer them. Some universities require the two majors have to be within the same college at the university. You have to check with the registrar’s office and ask them. This information may be on the school’s web site. You can finish a double major in 4 years but you may have to take courses during the summer and it is likely you will end up with more credits than you need to graduate with a single major. Many students take 5 years. If you feel it will take you 6 years, then you are better off to take a single major in 4 years then go to graduate school for 2 years for the second major. My daughter did a double major and she found it opened up so many more doors. She did a double major in Economics and Political Science with a minor in History. She also certified as an Emergency Medical Technician during her senior year. She got a great fellowship, got through grad school with a near full ride in Technology Management and is now doing a fully funded PhD in civil engineering. At her undergrad school, about 1/3 of her graduating class did a double major. However to do all this in 4 years she had to take 9 credits in each of two summers to get all her courses. She says it only took about 20% more hard work. But make no mistake. It is harder. She finished with 136 credits compared to the 120 needed for a single major. Double majors do appear to be the bachelor’s degree of the 21st Century. However, you do not have two degrees. You get one diploma with both majors listed. But in practice when it comes finding work, or getting into grad school, it appears employers will likely treat you as if you have either major. It gives a great boost to your employability. A field where I suggest NOT double majoring is Engineering. This is one of the hardest majors and unless you plan to spend 6 years doing a double major you are not going to do well on either major. Not good enough to get into grad school. And if you take 6 years you are better off getting a single engineering degree and plus a masters. It is also not a good idea for getting into medical or law school as your GPA may end up being too low to get into medical school.

Cailyn Cailyn
If you will just be starting college, then you will be an undergraduate. Every undergraduate must choose a major. My major is Psychology. If you are interested in more than one subject, then you can also minor in another. For example: I really want to study Psychology, but I am also a little interested in Philosophy. So if I wanted, my main focus could be Psychology (which would be called my major), and I would also be studying some Philosophy, however it would not be my main concentration (my minor). I would tell people I am majoring in Pschology, and minoring in Philosophy. After you graduate (typically 4 years), you have a choice to continue your education, and get your Masters. If you did this, then you would be attending graduate school, and you would say you are a grad. student. I understand how confusing all of the college stuff is, trust me! You eventually get it figured out though. I hope that helped you!!
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Alphonsine Alphonsine
University is all about discovery . Discovery in learning and about yourself. So wait until you take some more psychology courses next year and then decide. I would say that you would have psychology as your major and then take a lot of electives and then decide about your minor. Try all different things that might interest you. That is the thrill of higher education. You get to choose anything and everything you want to learn about. AND you get the finest minds to teach it to you. Pretty great . Some people have totally changed their minds about their future career just by trying a subject that was a simple elective. Good luck. Have a blast and enjoy yourself.
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Van Van
Usually people declare a minor that is totally unrelated to their major, so that is fine. Most college students do not declare at least until the end of their freshman year, but you can take courses in psych if you already know. I think that you should spend your first semester taking a variety of courses in order to gain new info and insight. Who knows, you may find something else that you may like even more!
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Roman Roman
Unless they state specifically, your minor can be in anything you want. Spanish is an excellent choice given the increasing spanish speaking population in the US. It really doesn't matter if you declare your major right away or not. Your first year you'll be taking a lot of entry level courses anyway. And, if you change your mind you can always switch your major later one.
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Roman Originally Answered: Are most college majors doing a disservice to their students and creating unprepared college graduates?
Majoring in sociology usually means a job in human resources or some helping profession. Your training was different because your mind had to be ready to tackle electrical engineering tasks.

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