Myths About Majors

Myth: You should complete all of your general education requirements before starting your major.
You should take at least one course relating to your intended or possible major during your freshman year to get a better idea of whether you want to continue with that major.

Some majors are extremely intense and focused, and students prefer spreading their major courses through all four years. Other majors take three years to complete, so starting early will help insure timely graduation.

Myth: Your major will determine what career you will have for the rest of your life.
Most careers are not dependent on a single major, and one major can lead to a variety of careers. In fact, studies show that college graduates will have at least three different careers in their working lives. Career development can help you explore the link between majors and careers.

Myth: A double major is always better than a single major.
Some students pursue double majors under the assumption that employers and graduate schools will find double majors more attractive than single majors. This is not necessarily true. Employers and graduate schools are looking for students with high academic achievement, who demonstrate strong analytical and communicative skills, and who have relevant experience. That experience can include internships, study abroad, research activities, and the mastery of skills relevant to the career or field of study (e.g., the ability to speak a foreign language).