Misconceptions About College Majors


Tatiana Joseph-Saunders

Entering a new school year can be intimidating. When that school is a college, that’s a whole other level. Whether it’s the campus adjustment, the idea of making new friends or just taking higher-level classes, there is a lot to think about when you first start here at Georgia Southern University. 


Major Options

One of the main things that you should think about is your major. Georgia Southern has a multitude of major options–a total of 67 to be exact, including Anthropology, Athletic Training, Electrical Engineering, Graphic Design,  Modern Languages, Music and Journalism. Hopefully, no matter your interests, you should be able to find a major that you believe you can excel in. 


Choose the Major You Want

When choosing your major, do not choose based on anyone else’s opinion, do not choose based solely on the potential income, and try to not let your own doubts or fears steer you away from a major you are really interested in. 

There are a lot of major misconceptions when it comes to college. Some students may pick a major because of their parent’s opinions, one they believe they may find a job in or one that they are not passionate about. However, if you are passionate about your major, you’ll be happier and set yourself up for success. 


It’s Okay to Change Your Major

 It is common to be set on a certain major your freshman year at school, but as you get further into the major classes your sophomore and junior year, you may realize that the major is not what you thought it’d be. This is completely understandable, and you are encouraged to find a major that best suits you. Be aware, however, that switching majors can lengthen your time at college, meaning you’ll have to spend more money..


Do Your Research

It’s important to do research to find the best degree program for you. Go to https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/majors/. For every major listed, there’s a detailed summary and a look at the curriculum and whether or not there is a requirement for a minor. Taking all of the above details in consideration, you should be able to choose a major that best suits you and your interests. 


It’s Okay if You Don’t Know What You Want to Major In

Don’t feel pressured if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want to study. A lot of freshmen and sophomores don’t know exactly what they’re interested in.  If you fall into this category, some options include registering as undecided or an interdisciplinary studies major. As you take CORE courses, classes that every student is required to take, you could learn about new topics and find what things you are interested in. Then, you could take those discovered interests and see if a major coincides with them.


One of the most important things in college is choosing your major, so make sure you take every step possible to find the best one for you!