Whether you’re a high school upperclassman or an incoming college sophomore, you may be thinking about what you’d like to do with the rest of your life. A college major is a big stepping stone down the path toward your career, so you want to make sure you’re studying something that’s not only beneficial to what you want to do, but also something you’ll enjoy studying.
But what if you’re stuck between two majors? You like them both, but are not sure which one to pick? We have 5 tips for you on how to narrow down your college major search from two to one.
1. Explore whether your college/prospective college offers a self-designed major. This option can be very beneficial to students who wish to combine aspects of different majors because in essence students are designing the major. This allows a lot more freedom when it comes to choosing classes, where students can often pick and choose among different departments. Thus, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds/majors.
2. Use College Prowler’s Compare Majors tool. We break it down for you with stats by degree type, gender, and race. This allows you to see trends for majors and maybe ways you might stand out. For example, Computers and Information Sciences has a severe deficiency when it comes to women in IT positions.
3. Consider job prospects. If you like both majors equally, sometimes the deciding factor may be the likelihood of finding a job after graduation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has industry projections by occupation. This is good to check out if you’d like to see where your prospective major is going in terms of job growth. Also, if you’d like to receive some feedback on job prospects, use our Q&A tool to ask questions, tagging both your college and major.
4. Major in one, minor in the other. Two prospective majors can often work with each other in a major/minor situation. Just make sure your college/prospective college allows this kind of pairing (liberal arts colleges often require majors and minors to be in contrasting areas of study, like an economics major with an English minor).
5. Trust your gut. When it comes down to it, which one is the one you lean toward? Sometimes the best way to figure out the right major is to just listen to your heart. You’re going to be studying this major for the next few years, so if your heart isn’t in it, it’s going to be an arduous process.