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    Whats your major in?

    I'm a senior in High School and going to Iowa State next year. All anyone asks me is "What are you going to school for?". I have no idea. So I was wondering, if you went to college what's your major in? What did you end up doing? If you didn't go to college, what did you do? I'm just trying to see what people did and what's out there.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Well before the enginerds come in, I will say I have fully enjoyed my experience as a business major (MIS to be specific) and wouldn't think of doing anything else.

    MIS in particular has the highest job placement in the College of Business and the highest number of offers per graduate in the university (barely squeaking out one of the engineering)

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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    And I bet you are outstanding in your field...


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    Re: Whats your major in?

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    And I bet you are outstanding in your field...

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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Animal Science

    Probably going into farm management. If you want job security, choose an ag related major. #AG4LIFE


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    Re: Whats your major in?

    I'm currently a sophomore in history and secondary education. Study something you'll enjoy, but also make sure there are jobs in it. For example, my history degree wouldn't be very useful for anything besides grad school if I wasn't getting my teaching license with it.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luth4Cy View Post
    I'm currently a sophomore in history and secondary education. Study something you'll enjoy, but also make sure there are jobs in it. For example, my history degree wouldn't be very useful for anything besides grad school if I wasn't getting my teaching license with it.
    hey me too!



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Yeah, pretty much any degree that allows you to better understand our history, social structures, and government; do a substantial amount of difficult writing; do critical policy analysis; etc is pretty much worthless.

    Friends of mine with degrees in history (the hardest classes I have ever taken are upper division history courses), political science, comm studies, anthro, etc have jobs in advertising, marketing, IT, sales, policy analysis, non-profit development, and consulting.

    While the job prospects for applied STEM fields like engineering, CS, agronomy, MIS, etc are strong; the job prospects for basic sciences like biology and chemistry (per PayScale research and other research), for those with only an undergrad biology and chem degrees are really no better than those for history, etc.

    I would much rather graduate with a 3.5 gpa in History than a 2.70 in chem or biology.

    I have an undergrad degree in social policy/urban studies and graduates degrees in public policy and MIS. For many people, what you end up doing career wise has little to do with undergraduate major.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Quote Originally Posted by sleestakCy View Post
    Yeah, pretty much any degree that allows you to better understand our history, social structures, and government; do a substantial amount of difficult writing; do critical policy analysis; etc is pretty much worthless.

    Friends of mine with degrees in history (the hardest classes I have ever taken are upper division history courses), political science, comm studies, anthro, etc have jobs in advertising, marketing, IT, sales, policy analysis, non-profit development, and consulting.

    While the job prospects for applied STEM fields like engineering, CS, agronomy, MIS, etc are strong; the job prospects for basic sciences like biology and chemistry (per PayScale research and other research), for those with only an undergrad biology and chem degrees are really no better than those for history, etc.

    I would much rather graduate with a 3.5 gpa in History than a 2.70 in chem or biology.

    I have an undergrad degree in social policy/urban studies and graduates degrees in public policy and MIS. For many people, what you end up doing career wise has little to do with undergraduate major.
    This is partly society's fault and partly industry's fault.. College has gone from mainly an academic pursuit to a "degree = job" mentality. Plus corporations don't want invest in training people themselves any more (cause, you know, it costs money), and so they're placing more and more of that burden on Universities. Which then reinforces the "degree = job" thing because of industry expectations, etc..

    I swear, I'm only a little bit cynical.

    But I digress..



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Quote Originally Posted by sleestakCy View Post
    Yeah, pretty much any degree that allows you to better understand our history, social structures, and government; do a substantial amount of difficult writing; do critical policy analysis; etc is pretty much worthless.
    I see more of these students in my classes now than ever before. They are learning to be nurses generally.



    While the job prospects for applied STEM fields like engineering, CS, agronomy, MIS, etc are strong; the job prospects for basic sciences like biology and chemistry (per PayScale research and other research), for those with only an undergrad biology and chem degrees are really no better than those for history, etc.

    I would much rather graduate with a 3.5 gpa in History than a 2.70 in chem or biology.
    Biology I completely agree with. I see more Bio majors who weren't good enough to get into Med/Dental/Professional school who are just floundering and largely working retail. They have theoretical knowledge, but can't work in a lab due to complete lack of skill set.

    Chemistry majors generally don't have that problem, since so many of their lab courses develop that skill set (working with GC/MS, pipeting, HPLC, etc).



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    My opinion of course, but you shouldn't be going to a 4 year university if you have no idea what you want to study. The good thing about going to CC in Iowa is most of the credits transfer to the state schools.
    To answer the OP, mechanical engineering for me. On a co-op atm and graduating next May.



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    Re: Whats your major in?

    Quote Originally Posted by kevdiv48 View Post
    My opinion of course, but you shouldn't be going to a 4 year university if you have no idea what you want to study. The good thing about going to CC in Iowa is most of the credits transfer to the state schools.
    To answer the OP, mechanical engineering for me. Graduating next May.
    Yea, I was thinking this as well but if you're in state and you have a good scholarship I would rather go to ISU to try various classes that are offered vs just Gen Eds at Kirkwood or DMACC.


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