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Different areas of study??

TaggedWithColourTaggedWithColour Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
edited June 2009 in Business Major
I'm still in HS, and I've been considering majoring in business. [specifically international bus.]
However, looking around the forum it's a tad intimidating to see all of the different key areas of study in business (e.g. from accountant, to project manager, and so forth).
Do you think that I should
A) try to do a little research about what I'd like to do [in business] before I get to college
or
B) get to college and begin classes in business and then decide what I want to focus on based on my interests?

If it helps at all, most likely I'm going to try to go to University of Montana, since they seem to have a good business program and offer the language that I wish to major in aswell (double major).

As yet, i'm still not 100% possitive about a business major. (like if i'd be good at it.. I'm competitive, creative, work well under stress, and LOVE logic...not sure if that helps??). Also, I know that you should NOT pick a major because you want to be rich, but I do want my major to help me get a job where I can support myself. Is the bad global economy bad for business?

Any litte bit of help would be great! Thanks
Post edited by TaggedWithColour on

Replies to: Different areas of study??

  • JapherJapher Posts: 1,350Registered User Senior Member
    A would be ideal but probably not doable

    B is tough, since changing midstream can lead to delays in getting your degree


    You other option is to be as broad as you can be. Technical and math based undergrads have the easiest time moving into any number of fields. I.e. someone with an International Relations degree will have a harder time moving into a science field than a scientist would moving into a business field.

    If you want to keep your options open, even after college, I would suggest a hard science or math degree that you would be interested in.
  • hj0519hj0519 Posts: 630Registered User Member
    If you're certain you want to do some type of business, then go ahead and just wait until you take some business classes.

    For any business major you'll probably have to take introductory courses in the different areas - I know at my school every business major, whether they're marketing or accounting or finance or international business or management, has to take the same core business courses like Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Corporate Finance I, Marketing Principles...so it's perfectly okay to not know what you want concentrate in because you're going to be trying out all the different classes for your major. Then because their first couple of years are spent taking all the core courses, they don't really pick what they really want to concentrate in until the end of sophomore year.

    It makes more sense to me to take classes and see what you're interested in and what you're good at before deciding what you want to major in.

    Looking at the University of Montana's website, it doesn't even look like you can enter as a business major. There's a bunch of "Lower Core Courses" that you'd take and then once those are complete, you apply for admission as a business major. And it also looks like if you wanted to do International Business like you mentioned you were thinking about, you'd also have to complete another business major (accounting, finance, information systems, management, or marketing) so if you had wanted to do international business there, you might not be able to double major in a language too since you already have to complete another business major.
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