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User currently offlineQuasarZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1921 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

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User currently offlineSacflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

I really don't think at this point you can call choosing a major "planning ahead."

Do you know where you are going to be going to school? I would start with the college catalog to get some ideas.

I'm not sure where you got the "Majoring in driving a car" comparison, but I would suggest talking to a real college counselor before you listen to the fool who told you that, again.

Anyway, to answer your question, I have a BS in Criminal Justice and am working towards my MS in Criminal Justice.

Good luck to you



I'm just happy that RR ratings can't be in negative numbers!
User currently offlineQuasarZ From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1900 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.

User currently offlineTheCoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

I have a BA in Multimedia and 90% of a BS in Software Engineering.

I enjoyed both majors a lot.


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5073 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

BA in Fine Art

And I became a meatcutter.



Next Up: STL-LGA-RIC-ATL-STL
User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1897 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.

Stefano  wave 


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

Current geography major at the University of Colorado @ Boulder....

http://www.colorado.edu/geography/

Greg



Chief A.net college football stadium self-pic guru
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7519 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Civil Engineering.

4-year B.S. degree.



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1852 times:

B.S. in Business and Management; should have an MBA in about 23 more days.  pray 

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.

Good luck in whatever you choose,
Leanne


User currently offlineNavymidn From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1842 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.

Navymidn



Law is a major base of civilized society
User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5386 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1821 times:

I received my B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in May of '04 and I'll be going to North Carolina State University in August to start work on my M.A.


South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

B.S. in Biology. The specific department is called "Organismic Biology, Ecology, and Evolution"

~a common Pre-Med degree.  Smile



"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

BS in Nursing
BS in Elementary Education


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1804 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 . . .

User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1798 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
User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1809 times:

Undergraduate degrees: BS in Psychology and BS in Kinesiology

Masters degree: MS, Industrial Psychology


All from UCLA



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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3041 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1791 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.

QuasarZ

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.


User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1777 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)


Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently offlineOdie From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1775 times:

Graduating this Monday with B.S. in Chemical Engineering and then in August with B.A. in Economics.

User currently offlineGeebs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

Im doing a double major of Spanish and one of these three

Combo 1:
Spanish and Education

Combo 2:
Spanish and Linqusitics

Combo 3:
Spanish and Communication


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7776 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1756 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  Wink (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
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4511 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

As of last Friday (the 13th...of May), I have had a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC).

If all goes well, I'll also graduate with an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford's Said Business School next June.

Diamond...are you into human factors in aviation safety?

Quasarz, do you have an idea of what general area you want to work in?



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1743 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.


User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

BBA Accounting

Condeming myself to 40hrs or more a week in a cubicle counting the holes in the ceiling tiles... Death can't come soon enough. I don't even have a job yet and I already know I hate it.

I would honestly stay away from the dedicated aviation degrees. Get something real and adapt it to the aviation industry. Aviation is a pretty volitile industry. You might want to stay flexible.

[Edited 2005-05-19 05:44:00]

User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 21):
Diamond...are you into human factors in aviation safety?

AirxLiban - I wish I could say yes, but unfortunately not. My areas of concentration were therapeutic diagnosis and psychometrics.



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25 TPASXM787 : This sounds like me... I have a BA in Communications from the University of South Florida. I work in finance. Go figure.
26 DeskPilot : Masters in Information Systems (Project Management, Strategic Management, etc.). Luckily I did this after working for about 10+ years, and so got acce
27 STLGph : I have a Bachelor of the Arts in Geography, Bachelor of the Arts in Print & Electronic Journalism. Along the way I achieved a certificate in Social Sc
28 ScarletHarlot : Bachelor of Mathematics (yes there is such a thing), double major Actuarial Science and Statistics. There's only one university in the world where one
29 Phxfly : I have a BS in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Numerical Analysis
30 JGPH1A : I studied Engineering, with the idea of progressing to Aeronautical Engineering, but I only lasted a year ! I discovered that my dislike of Mathematic
31 Post contains images Cornish : As a student at Newcastle University I majored in partying, women, getting drunk most nights, throwing up, clubbing on the Tuxedo Royale floating nigh
32 Post contains images Myt332 : What the hell?
33 Post contains images Cornish : Now reworded it to read better... Although I could have changed it to "avoiding Geordie women having punch ups in the Bigg Market"
34 Myt332 : Ahh much better! Still, I'm sure Gkirk will be disappointed now.
35 Dtwclipper : BA: German Lit/History MA: Mod. Euro History Phd: (ABD) Mod. Euro. History. Great for Jeopardy, bad for job market!
36 AzoresLover : Bachelor of Music Education - The Ohio State University M.A. in Secondary Education - Central Michigan University Public school band director for many
37 DIJKKIJK : BS in Mathematics and Physics MS in Condensed matter physics and soon PhD in Biomolecular Structures
38 Post contains images JGPH1A : Mmmmm - condensed matterrrrrr !!
39 Post contains images Myt332 : Hmmm, I'm with you on that one 100%. Condensed milk is awesome. Goes great on jelly too! Childhood memories for me, what's your excuse then?
40 Post contains images JGPH1A : Childhood memories too. But I'm on my second now.
41 Myt332 : Do we have that much of an effect on you then?
42 Pe@rson : I majored in majorettes. Signed, JPG.
43 Post contains images JGPH1A : Lets just say that as examples of seasoned and thoughtful maturity, you lot don't exactly stand out
44 Logan22L : We majored in government teat-sucking. Signed, Pe@rson & Gkirk
45 TriStarEnvy : BA in Radio/TV. Totally useless degree. Wish I'd minored in it, and majored in something useful. Nobody gives a f*** in radio if you have a degree, re
46 Pope : BS - Finance BS - Accounting Minor - Poly Sci MS - Accounting (tax specialization) I got my CPA degree (guarantee of future employment for the rest of
47 Cymro : I got bored in school and left at 16, got an apprenticeship at the local British Aerospace site (now airbus UK). Turned out good for me but maybe if I
48 Post contains images VirginAbby : BSc (Hons) Geography, University Of Liverpool (2001)
49 Dvk : B.S.(Mathematics), M.D., residency in Internal Medicine
50 Paul : I just finished my second year finals, woooooohoooooo. I had 5 fu**ing exams in 8 days while everyone else had 4 exams in 4 Weeks. Bastard hijos de pu
51 AFC_Ajax00 : I'm in the process of majoring in Hospitality Management at Hotelschool The Hague, its pretty interesting thus far.
52 Post contains images Senorcarnival : Burned any couches lately? I'm majoring in Public Relations at University of Texas - San Antonio...
53 STLGph : Southern Illinois University? the radio part? yes. the tv part? no. my daddy got a degree in radio & tv and has a very successful career in syndicate
54 ConcordeBoy : DOUBLE MAJOR: BioChemistry Business MINOR: Chinese FOCUS: Finance
55 AA61Hvy : Major: Child Psychology
56 Logan22L : B.S. - Chemistry M.S. - Civil & Environmental Engineering Logan
57 September11 : I first declared my major in Physical Education ... 1 semester later, changed it to Business Administration ...
58 Post contains images USAFHummer : Haha...I don't live in the main student hangout part of town, which we call "The Hill", so I usually miss out on any riots, since they all happen the
59 QuasarZ : I think I am leaning toward Finance as my major and aviation as my minor. I was reading, and becoming a CPA or CFO seems like a good job that pays wel
60 ScarletHarlot : No. Dear Lord, no.
61 ORDflyer : QuasarZ, I'm doing pretty much the same thing. I started out with aviation as my major but after hearing all the industry horror stories and getting s
62 AA777 : Majoring in: Psychology. I love it, and if I dont become a Pilot, I will apply to a PsyD program to become a Clinical Psychologist. Its cool stuff. -A
63 Shawn Patrick : Airxliban, Human Factors Psychology is a major and Human Factors and Systems is a master's degree at Embry-Riddle. Are you interested in those?
64 57AZ : BS:Criminal Justice MS: Criminal Justice Originally I thought about majoring in Business Administration. Took only one semester to convince me that it
65 Post contains images Vaporlock : Economics & Business Finance..... now I work as a Graphic Designer...and love it! Phyllis
66 Pendrilsaint : Currently headed towards a double major in Classics and History. If you major in Classics you are basically expected to become a professor or teach so
67 Senorcarnival : What do you plan on doing with your geography degree? I thought about switching to Geogrpahy and transfer to Texas State, which supposedly has one of
68 Misbeehavin : From the University of Notre Dame: BBA in Management, concentrations in Management of Information Systems and Post-Communist Markets BA in French Lite
69 IADBGO : BA: Major: Political Science Concentration in: International Politics Minor: Contemporary Europe MA: Political Science Concentration in: International
70 USAFHummer : It's my backup degree in case I lose my medical for some reason...I hope to go into professional flying.... Greg
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