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What major within Business or Economics would best suit me?

cpnelsoncpnelson Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
I'm just starting out in college as a freshman right now, and I'm thinking I'd like to go the Business or Economics route (cliched, I know, but that's where a lot of the practical applications are these days, and dealing with current economic and financial situations is definitely interesting to me). My favorite subjects would probably be something along the lines of History or Writing, but there aren't a whole lot of practical applications in those fields for realistic careers. What major would best suit me?

-I'm "decent" at math, but I don't enjoy it a whole lot, and it comes difficult to me as well.
-I love to write, and I'm very good at putting my thoughts and assertions on paper in a convincing and rhetorically effective way.
-Dealing with modern day transactions and financial situations is quite interesting to me.
-The idea of economics, despite the necessity for a lot of math, intrigues me because of its versatility and role in the allocation of resources.

What majors could anyone recommend for me?

Replies to: What major within Business or Economics would best suit me?

  • HaystackHaystack Registered User Posts: 1,576 Senior Member
    edited October 2014
    Many schools offer a BA and a BS in economics. The BA often requires one calc class and one stats class. The upper division econ electives are then chosen from the ones that are not quant heavy...Intro to Sports Economics, Intro to Urban Economic, Intro to labor Econ, Money and Banking, etc, etc.

    BS programs typically require 2 calc courses, 2 stats courses, econometrics, and your upper division electives often come from the quant heavy choices.

    You might consider a degree in Geography or Urban Planning. Both are versatile majors.

    You will/can take courses in urban history, architecture history, historic preservation, environmental policy, site design, economic development, cultural geography, urban econmics, GIS, etc as an urban planning or geographyy major. You could look for work as a real estate analyst, location analyst (where should the next Taco Bell be built?), economic development (develop an economic incentive package to attract the next big company to your community), marketing and demographic analysis, GIS work, etc.
  • MadaboutxMadaboutx Registered User Posts: 1,592 Senior Member
    What do you want to do in life. Until and unless you make it, some of the things you mention that you like are primarily academic (economics). Few economists are making decisions about the allocation of resources. Leaders do that on small and large scales. Economists usually measure what happens or predict what will happen as a result of such allocations.

    It's hard to tell what you really want to do and maybe that is what you need to figure out first. Second, what do you want in life? Are you cool with not a lot or do you want to make it big? And on and on. You also should think more deeply about your challenge with math. Why is it hard for you? Because you have to study so long and hard to get it or because you hate it and don't do the work? Are you comparing yourself to others who pick it up faster or are you afraid of failing at it. If you took a light and easy course load with one challenging math class, could you do it? The only reason I ask is because so many students avoid hard subjects and companies are going to India and China for workers skilled in computers, science, math and medicine more and more.
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