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College is a trans-formative time period that essentially prepares a young adult for the “real world”. During this time period, many learn the ins and outs of life and begin to discover what they are truly capable of doing. Frequently, figuring out a marketable and relevant major is extremely difficult for certain individuals due to the fact that some are unable to distinguish what career path to potentially discover; separating a passion from a career interest is a process that takes time and maturation to effectively categorize.

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The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s leading resources for information about the college admission process as well as SAT or ACT preparation, provided a list of Top 10 College Majors. It is important to note that the popularity of these majors does not necessarily insinuate that undisclosed majors are not reputable nor does it suggest that they are more likely to increase job security after college. The Princeton Review’s Top 10 College Majors list is a perfect resource for individuals who need help finding a major that fits their personal interests. The Top 10 College Majors are:

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Business Administration and Management/Commerce

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Business majors are by far one of the most popular majors in the country due to the increase of individuals wanting to manage and start their own companies.  In order to be a successful business person, one must be extremely acclimated with math as well as specific equations that help determine revenue or means of loss prevention. Business Calculus, for example, is a math course that is specifically designed to inform business majors about the various mathematical components that are vital to managing a successful business venture.

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Psychology

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Despite what you may have heard about Psychology, Psychology is another major that is consistently growing in popularity because many individuals are interested with understanding the human brain and how we interact with others. However, most Psychology degrees cannot stand alone simply as an undergraduate degree and most professions require graduate school for employment. For example, in order to be a school guidance counselor, some states require that a Master’s Degree or some type of PhD program is fulfilled. Graduate school is not cheap so keep that in mind when choosing Psychology as your major!

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Nursing

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If you love taking care of people and value working closely with individuals in need, then considering a career in Nursing! U.S. News released an incredible statistic that stated that Registered Nurses only comprise 2% of the unemployment rate and the median salary is approximately $65,000: we will always need nurses! In order to increase job security, many aspiring nurses pursue an RN (Registered Nurse) Certification. Like many jobs, there are different levels of certification that coincide with certain levels of education.

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Biology/Biological

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Most colleges and universities offer pre-professional programs such as Pre-Med, Pre-Pharmacy, or Pre-Physical Therapy. Students will major in Biology and adhere to their certain profession’s guidelines and criterion for acceptance to a medical university. Chiefly, there is not a specific major that is designed for someone who wishes to go into the medical field, but it is important to realize that in order to guarantee admittance to a medical university, one must be a competitive student, make exceptionally good grades, and participate in relevant activities that pertain to his/her pre-professional program.

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Education

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Creativity and a passion for helping others is one of the many qualities of an educator. In order to influence the lives of students positively, a student that is seeking a degree in education must accept the fact that a starting salary for a teacher begins around $40,000 and is significantly less in certain states. Teaching is an extremely physically and emotionally demanding occupation and an individual must be 100% invested in the profession. If you are willing to work hard in order to be a positive role model for students, then a career in Education is the right choice for you! Early Childhood, Middle Level, and Secondary Education are common areas of interest for Education majors.

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English Language and Literature

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If you are a literature buff who enjoys the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allen Poe, then consider a major in English Literature! As a current English major, I am speaking from experience: I LOVE what being an English major has to offer! Analyzing poetry, writing rhetorical arguments, and forming critical reading responses to certain works of literature are some of the activities an English major performs. English Language is another facet to the study of English and can be broken down into other constituents such as Linguistics, which is the study of the syntax, phonology, morphology, and semantics of the English language, or English as a Second Language which involves teaching English to a person who speaks a language other than English.

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Economics

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The economic crisis of 2008 shocked the nation and raised a lot of questions pertaining to America’s economy and its spending habits. Economists rose to the occasion during this time and provided insightful responses and critiques about how the United States should handle the economic downfall. Economics heavily relies on critical thinking and strong mathematical skills that aid with explaining how certain businesses or government agencies spend their money. Current consumer trends, for example, are also topics of interest to Economists.

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Communications Studies/Speech

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Communication majors are required to analyze certain rhetorical patterns and speeches in order to explain why certain methods of communication prove to be successful over other forms of dialogue. Communication studies is a popular major because the ability to understand how to increase audience retention or ways of delivering a message to a biased crowd can ultimately aid with providing insight to producing certain policies or laws within our government. Communication is not restricted to verbal communication, but includes Visual Communication too.

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Political Science and Government

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The 2013 Jodi Arias trial captivated many Americans and became one of the most popular trials of the year. Lawyers, prosecutors, and other legal analysts provided information to the public in layman’s terms who probably did not understand the legal vernacular used in the courtroom. If you are one of the few individuals that understood the legal jargon or certain policies discussed during the trial, then Political Science may interest you. Public policy, foreign affairs, and the study of the American government comprise the study of Political Science. Those who are seeking to purse law school oftentimes major in either Political Science.

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Computer and Information Sciences

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America relies on technology in order to function which includes the software on our cellular devices to certain features on our computers. Markedly, certain Americans are “technologically illiterate” and are completely unaware of the processes, parts, or functions of computers. As a Computer and Information Sciences major, you will be able to understand the language of the computer and learn the basic functions that aid with providing high quality technology!

Brittany Dawson
Brittany Dawson is a junior English major with a cognate in Secondary Education at the University of South Carolina. Although she is pursuing a career in the field of academia, Brittany’s current internship with the Urban Twist allows her to explicate her passion and appreciation for writing.