QuasarZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
I am a senior going off to college this fall. I am planning ahead and trying to figure out what I want to major in. I dont know if I should Major in aviation and minor in like finance or Major in Finance (or something else, not sure yet) and minor in aviation. I know that majoring in aviation is like majoring in driving a car. Its not really a "major" but I know that I want a good backup if for some reason I can't fly. I also know that I dont want to have a major and hate it for 4 years and not want to do it...
So I am just trying to get some ideas on what others have done and see if I can figure something out!
Thanks for the info
QuasarZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
Well, you dont need to major in aviation to fly a plane. If all you do is major in "flying a plane" and for some reason can't fly, what do you do? You're kind of out of luck. I am going to St. Cloud state here in MN. I guess I wouldn't call it planning ahead either, I am just getting a head start.
Komododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
Working on my final year of my BS in both Applied Economics and International Affairs with a Minor in French. Then 2-3yrs of work and back to get my MBA, hopefully in Int'l Economics, although I would have to go to UCLA.
Saxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2383 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
B.S. in Business and Management; should have an MBA in about 23 more days.
My only advice is this: it is VERY hard to be good at something you don't like for very long. After 12 years in corporate middle management, I would rather be gnawed to death by rats than go back. I've been consulting and working as a T.A. since November, and I'll be looking for an academic job beginning next month--teaching is just sooooo much more fun. The money sucks by comparison, but at least I look forward to going to work now.
Navymidn From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
I am currently majoring in Land Survey Engineering at Purdue University. It is great thing to study, what with it being a small field with a small school, so the faculty really get to know you and you them.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1984 times:
Major in Law Enforcement Administration and minor in Business Administration. Took a while to get it done (12 years), but the Army paid for the whole thing and it was accomplished while I was on Active Duty . . . not bad for a part time student whose education was interrupted by a few deployments and a war . . .
Flybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1803 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1978 times:
Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering... I will have that degree in hand on 29th May 2005. Just finished all my classes and handed in all my projects. I think I'll sleep in for the next week and a half... if only the rest of my life would be that good.
I am also learning to fly, but I'm not sure if I want to be an airline pilot.
Quoting QuasarZ (Thread starter): I know that majoring in aviation is like majoring in driving a car. Its not really a "major" but I know that I want a good backup if for some reason I can't fly. I also know that I dont want to have a major and hate it for 4 years and not want to do it...
Having a backup is VERY important because flying is a very, VERY health oriented profession. Heaven forbid you don't pass a flight physical, you can be out on the street in no time flat as an airline pilot. However, if you had a backup degree you could still put food on the table and pay rent. It may not be your "ideal" career, but if you reach that point flying isn't an option anyway.
I think a person who wants to fly planes for a living should choose a backup major that is both useful (i.e. you can earn a living salary from it) and do-able. Economics seems to be a big choice for lots of people who feel they can go into the finance sector if their aviation careers sour.
"Are you a pretender... or a thoroughbred?!" - Professor Matt Miller
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3049 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1971 times:
I got a B.A. in journalism and a minor in business administration. I'm not happy with my B.A., so I'm going back to school and get a second B.A. in aviation administration. I am going back to school to what I really want to do.
If you don't know what you want to major in. I suggest you declare yourself as an undecided major. The first year all you do is take the require classes that everyone takes. Once you have declared a major the college counselor will submitt your paper work and you will get a new counselor in the college/school that has your major.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
I got a BS in Mathematics, but discovered that its primary use is to go onto grad school. So I'll be heading back to school in August to study ATC, as long as UAA sends me the acceptance letter. (which is almost guaranteed as long as there isn't a paperwork screw up)
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7828 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
I have a B.A. in History and Sociology and a M.Ed in Education Policy/Higher Education Administration.
Now as somebody who actually does advisement as part of their job you may want to listen. First of all do not worry about having a declared major when you enter college. Odds are even if you did have one you will change it. I changed my major/minor several times, ultimately ending up with what I graduated with. I had originally declared as Aerospace Engineering when I applied. So do not get hung up over that or lose sleep.
Second while you are an undeclared pick your gen-ed courses strategically. If there are specific subject areas/fields that interest you or you like, take gen-eds offered by those departments. But be forewarned these classes are often large survey courses that are about as exciting as watching paint dry. If something really interests you go ahead and take a 200/300 level course in that major. Even if you do not end up there you will need elective credits later on.
Once you start taking classes GO TALK TO YOUR PROFESSORS! I cannot stress this enough. Those poor bastards sit in their offices all alone with nobody to talk to. I'd be willing to bet that one or two of your profs in the first 2-years may turn out to be great mentors and you can make a significant connection with them. Which is good because you will need somebody to get letters of rec from. And again they don't have to be in your field of study. You may well find them to be useful sounding boards and they might be able to guide you in the right direction.
Get rid of the notion that you get X degree to get Y job. Unless you are going into a fairly technical field, such as engineering, or are on a pre-professional school track where you need specific coursework to get in, any degree will do. Now with that said remember not all degrees are created equal. If you find yourself in classes with lots of basketball and football players you may want to reconsider (no offense to you jocks out there). Double majors/degrees are even better in my mind. I personally like seeing a business major (accounting, finance, marketing, MIS) paired up with something like Pysc, Sociology, English, Spanish, Anthro, etc. Double majors like that give you a good balance of practical stuff, plus it will ensure that you will have to read a lot, write a lot (VERY IMPORTANT BTW), and will hopefully mean that you will develop strong critical thinking skills.
Be flexible. No matter how well intentioned your plans are there are going to be many things that get in the way and fuck em up. And as much as I dislike it, there are weed out courses in a lot of majors. Calculus, Physics, Organic Chemistry seem to be the popular ones that flunk a lot of students out. You may need to reevaluate what you want to do and how you are going to get there. It was certainly something that I had to do, several times, as an undergrad, but at this point I am pretty happy with my choices.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1923 times:
BS in Organizational Leadership (Management), National American University
Quoting DesertJets (Reply 20): Double majors/degrees are even better in my mind. I personally like seeing a business major (accounting, finance, marketing, MIS) paired up with something like Pysc, Sociology, English, Spanish, Anthro, etc
I've been told that degrees in management and psychology go very well together, since both are essentially dealing with people and their problems.