It takes a lot of time and research to figure out what you want to major in at college. It is something that really impacts the rest of your life. You have a little bit of time to make these types of decisions even once you are in your freshman year at college.
You can get ahead by knowing what you like and what you need before getting to college.
Taking classes and being at college could always ultimately change your decision, but you want to be the best prepared you can be. You want to make sure that you are picking a major that has a course load that you can handle and excel at.
It is important to realize that all college courses are going to be challenging.
Just because we have listed easier majors when it comes to course load. You are going to have to put in the time to do well. No matter what major you choose in college, you are going to be dedicating the next four years of your life to this.
Just because the course load may be a little bit lighter, does not mean that there won’t be some extra stuff that you have to do outside of the classroom.
All Majors are Not Easy
No major in college is going to be ” easy”. When it comes to picking a major, it is important to look at what your strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to the classroom.
If you have never been very good at science, then it is probably not a good idea to be a scientist or science teacher. The same goes for work that you are personally capable of doing. If you know that in high school, you did not do well when you had a lot of classes. College is going to be tougher so make sure you take lighter workloads each semester.
This is one reason it is important to understand what each major requires. If you are looking for majors that might have an easier course load but will still get you to a successful career.
Here are some examples below:
Communications is a broad major that really allows you to open up your mind to the world. There are so many different career paths that you can go down as a communications major, which is nice because it means that you will never be stuck anywhere you don’t want to be.
You will more than likely take classes in:
Many schools have specific specializations within communications, so it is also important to investigate what all your school has to offer and what best fits with you.
A popular communication major is strategic communications.
Strategic communications are the policymaking and guidance between two organizations. There are so many different paths that you can go down with a strategic communications degree. Many times, students will double major or minor in public policy or political science when they have this major.
Students end up as public relations specialists or college officers.
When seeking a general communications degree, some popular career choices include:
- Meeting/event planner
- Social media planner
- Human resources
- Development planner
- Health educator
The career path that you can choose can really differ. The starting salary for a communications major can be very different from job to job.
Criminal justice is the study of crime and how criminals are detected and detained. It also looks into the costs and consequences of crimes that are committed. Many people that go into criminal justices may end up going into the police force and trying to work their way up from there.
Students also go into careers like:
- Corrections managers
- FBI agents
- Forensic psychologists
There’s really a broad number of things that you can do with a criminal justice degree. It is important to understand that if you want to end up working for a federal agency, you are probably going to need a master’s degree.
Technically a bachelor’s degree is the minimum. To work for any federal agency, having some experience in the field will help. To get experience you should try to intern while in school.
Obviously, every person that goes for criminal justice is not going to want to end up working for a federal agency.
More than likely as a criminal justice major some subjects that you’re going to learn about include:
- Forensic science
- Public administration
- Urban studies
Obviously, you are also going to take several criminal justice classes. Once again, the career path that you can choose can really differ which means that the starting salary for a criminal justice major can be very different from job to job.
You can also major in criminology which is very similar to criminal justice but studies law enforcement and the criminal justice system. You will take similar classes as a criminal justice major, but you will also take classes like:
- Justice policy
- Evidence-based crime
- Crime and human development
You will also take several criminology classes. This major usually ends in similar career paths, but students have also gone into careers of loss prevention specialists and probation and community officers.
Psychology studies the science of behavior and the mind. The things that fall in the category of psychology include things like human development, sports, health, clinical health, and any sort of cognitive process.
If you are a psychology major who is most likely to take classes in things like:
- Selective psychology including developmental
- Abnormal psychology
- Cognitive psychology
- Social psychology
Most students who are psychology majors are also going to be required to participate in an experiment at some point. It is important to understand you are going to have to put work in outside of the classroom.
Many psychology students end up getting their master’s in psychology. Some popular career choices for psychology majors include:
- Experimental psychologists
- Forensic psychologists
There are many kinds of therapists and counselors including:
- Substance abuse counseling
- Family therapists
- School counselors
An education major is normally someone interested in being a teacher in an elementary school, middle school, or high school. There are so many different education majors depending on what ages and subjects you want to teach.
If you’re going to be a high school teacher, you are going to have to specialize in a specific subject. For example, if you would like to be a high school math teacher, you’re going to have to major in math education and take an abundance of math classes.
Normally if you are interested in teaching elementary school children, it is called early childhood education. As an early childhood education major, you are not going to be specializing in anything as you are going to be teaching all of the subjects to the younger students.
There are also many different options for specialized high school teachers and middle school teachers. You do not have to get your master’s in teaching unless you want to teach college classes or a specific class that is out of the ordinary and requires more education.
The salary for schoolteachers really depends on where they live and the school district. Some school districts are poor and some are well off.
Language majors focus on studying a specific language. This includes things like Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, etc. Many people choose to double major with these degrees.
They may double major in subjects like business, international business, public policy, etc. Students who are studying languages are usually encouraged to study abroad in a country that speaks the language they are studying.
At some colleges and universities, studying abroad is an actual graduation requirement for language majors. Many students with language majors go on to teach high school or college classes. They also go on to be international business consultants or work for the government with immigration.
If you are a history major, then you would be studying history from the start of recorded history to today. You will look at the past to try and make sense of what happened.
The career path is limited if you decide to get a major in history. The most common occupation is to be a teacher. This is not the only occupation but is the one most people seek.
There will not be any lab work you would spend your time learning older texts and then a professor may have you write your thoughts on what you read.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in the next step would be to see how you can major or minor in history.
You maybe want to major in health so what will that do for you when you graduate college? Most health majors get a degree in health science or health administration. You can use a health degree to help you with getting a more advanced degree in health. It would help with advanced degrees such as:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
You can also use the degree to go into:
- Health educator
- Occupational health
- Community service manager
- Public health nurse
This is just a few things you can go into with a health degree. The range of pay depends on what you go into. An epidemiologist can make $74,000 whereas a Community Health worker makes $38,000.
You can do many different things with a music major. I know a woman that got a major in music and she became a music therapist. That profession has been slowing dying but it shows you the varying options out there for a music degree.
What can you do with a music degree? Here are some jobs.
- Artistic director
- Chorus director
- Music schoolteacher
- DJ – top DJ’s make millions, especially in clubs out in Las Vegas
- Cruise ship entertainer
- Music production and producer
- Song producer
- Sound engineer
This major is easier because you do not have to take all that math or do as much writing. You should be good at playing musical instruments and know-how to read notes. If you are not good at those things you may need a new major.
This major can cover several different topics such as religion, philosophy, and history. The question is what can you do with a humanities degree. Here are some things you can do.
- Technical writer
- Travel agent
- Event organizer
Humanities field teaches skills that can be used with many different jobs and companies. There are many employers who seek out humanity majors because of the curriculum in the major. In this major you will learn:
- Communication skills
- Critical thinking abilities
- Management of your time
There is no clearly defined path like other majors when it comes to a career. You will want to focus on a specific industry or job you want then work towards getting into that position. You really need to get an internship in that position so when you graduate you have experience.
Overall all these majors have lighter course loads that can lead to very successful and fulfilling work. Once again, college is going to be hard no matter what, but it is important to choose something that you know you can do.
Choosing a major is a big decision to make sure you put the time and research in and focus on your strengths and weaknesses.
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