QuasarZ
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So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 6:31 am

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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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 6:44 am

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
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QuasarZ
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:19 am

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.
 
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:20 am

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

I enjoyed both majors a lot.
 
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Thu May 19, 2005 7:22 am

BA in Fine Art

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:22 am

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.

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:32 am

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

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

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:43 am

Civil Engineering.

4-year B.S. degree.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:52 am

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,
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 8:09 am

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.

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 8:44 am

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.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 8:50 am

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

~a common Pre-Med degree.  Smile
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 8:56 am

BS in Nursing
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 9:15 am

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 . . .
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 9:41 am

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.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 9:58 am

Undergraduate degrees: BS in Psychology and BS in Kinesiology

Masters degree: MS, Industrial Psychology


All from UCLA
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:13 am

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.
 
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:47 am

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)
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:49 am

Graduating this Monday with B.S. in Chemical Engineering and then in August with B.A. in Economics.
 
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 11:29 am

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
 
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 11:56 am

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.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 12:03 pm

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?
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 12:21 pm

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.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 12:34 pm

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]
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 12:41 pm

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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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 12:48 pm

Quoting Captoveur (Reply 23):
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.

This sounds like me...


I have a BA in Communications from the University of South Florida. I work in finance. Go figure.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 12:57 pm

Masters in Information Systems (Project Management, Strategic Management, etc.).

Luckily I did this after working for about 10+ years, and so got accepted without an undergraduate qualification. So, I knew I liked the industry before I committed 2.5 years part-time (weekends almost full-time) to this course.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 1:16 pm

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 Sciences and am a certified teacher, grades 9-12. I am currently working on a Media Literacy certificate and that will leave me with options to get my AMS Seals & Certification to get a Master's in Broadcast Meteorology within the next 6 years.

I currently work for a television station and have taught classes as adjunct faculty. My contact is up in September and I have been shopping for other markets, other venues within this market, or doing something different at this point and time. The Geography degree alone has attracted interest in employment with hundreds of different government offices, many Fortune 500 companies, and has opened the door to get my foot in at several large publications and cable networks.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 1:50 pm

Bachelor of Mathematics (yes there is such a thing), double major Actuarial Science and Statistics.

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 5:12 pm

I have a BS in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Numerical Analysis
 
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 6:21 pm

I studied Engineering, with the idea of progressing to Aeronautical Engineering, but I only lasted a year ! I discovered that my dislike of Mathematics in all its forms was converted into a deep and abiding loathing of Mathematics in all its forms, so I majored in bunking tutorials and going swimming, then I went out and got a real job. University education is vastly overrated - so far the lack of one has not harmed my career in the least.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 6:38 pm

As a student at Newcastle University I majored in partying, women, getting drunk most nights, throwing up, clubbing on the Tuxedo Royale floating nightclub - complete with rotating dance floor and trying to avoid punch ups in the Bigg Market

In the tiny bit of spare time I had left I got a Masters in Politics  

[Edited 2005-05-19 12:03:39]
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 6:43 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 31):
trying to avoid punch ups in the Bigg Market, women

What the hell?  Wink
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:04 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 32):
Quoting Cornish (Reply 31):
trying to avoid punch ups in the Bigg Market, women

What the hell?

Now reworded it to read better...

Although I could have changed it to "avoiding Geordie women having punch ups in the Bigg Market" Big grin
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 7:06 pm

Ahh much better! Still, I'm sure Gkirk will be disappointed now.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 8:45 pm

BA: German Lit/History
MA: Mod. Euro History
Phd: (ABD) Mod. Euro. History.

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 9:21 pm

Bachelor of Music Education - The Ohio State University
M.A. in Secondary Education - Central Michigan University

Public school band director for many years before getting tired of it
Currently a Corporate Trainer
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 9:29 pm

BS in Mathematics and Physics
MS in Condensed matter physics

and soon

PhD in Biomolecular Structures
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 9:57 pm

Quoting DIJKKIJK (Reply 37):
MS in Condensed matter physics

Mmmmm - condensed matterrrrrr !!

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:10 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 38):
Mmmmm - condensed matterrrrrr !!

Hmmm, I'm with you on that one 100%. Condensed milk is awesome. Goes great on jelly too! Big grin

Childhood memories for me, what's your excuse then?
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:11 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 39):
Childhood memories for me, what's your excuse then?

Childhood memories too. But I'm on my second now.  Smile
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:15 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 40):
But I'm on my second now.

Do we have that much of an effect on you then?
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:22 pm

I majored in majorettes.

Signed,

JPG.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 10:23 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 41):
Do we have that much of an effect on you then?

Lets just say that as examples of seasoned and thoughtful maturity, you lot don't exactly stand out  Smile
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 11:12 pm

We majored in government teat-sucking.

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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 11:14 pm

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, really. It's can you DO the job. 9 times out of 10, you just have to be in the right place at the right time, to get a gig.

Looking back, I should have gotten a degree in education, and taught.
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Thu May 19, 2005 11:45 pm

BS - Finance
BS - Accounting
Minor - Poly Sci
MS - Accounting (tax specialization)

I got my CPA degree (guarantee of future employment for the rest of my life)
Spent 5 years doing international M&A at a Big 5 firm
Left to go run a small/mid-sized multinational

Currently enrolled in a correspondent law school program
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Fri May 20, 2005 12:01 am

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 had have gone to university I would be designing wings instead of building them.
 
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Fri May 20, 2005 12:15 am

BSc (Hons) Geography, University Of Liverpool (2001)  Big grin
 
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RE: So What Did Everybody Major In?

Fri May 20, 2005 1:55 am

B.S.(Mathematics), M.D., residency in Internal Medicine
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