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Marketing vs advertising major

MattSchoolMattSchool Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
Hi everyone. I'm in the process of applying to
colleges and am looking for schools that are good in communications (specifically advertising) and/or marketing. I have a 3.7 gpa and 26 act. If you could suggest schools that might be of interest to be I would appreciate it. I would prefer the school be in the Midwest but if not that's ok too. My 2nd question is should I major in marketing and minor in advertising or the other way around? I enjoy being creative (more advertising) than marketing but it seems like it would make more sense to major in marketing since advertising is a specific part of the marketing strategy? Any thoughts? Also, does marketing involve a lot of math... Because I hate math

Advice, suggestions, comments, anything, would be much appreciated!

Replies to: Marketing vs advertising major

  • zobrowardzobroward Registered User Posts: 3,933 Senior Member
    some schools... probably most will not allow you to skip math even as a marketing major.(1 or 2 semesters maybe in store for you) and perhaps (I am not sure) even in marketing you may need to take some business related or statistics classes. you can probably find on the website of a school you want to apply the core curriculum as well as required general requirements at the school.
  • N's MomN's Mom Registered User Posts: 2,212 Senior Member
    edited October 2015
    I'd go with marketing because it's foundational for advertising (unless you are purely in the artistic side). Your entre into advertising (if indeed you are still interested in it 4 years from now - very big 'if') may be through marketing rather than directly. Or you may someday end up managing a function that includes advertising but embraces the entire marketing process. Certainly, even if you are in advertising from day one until you retire, understanding the entire marketing (and indeed broader business issues) will be critical to your career success.

    And on that line, yes, you will need some math - but primarily statistics. The applied nature of stats may actually be more interesting to you. I'm not very interested in abstract math - but love stats. It helps me make sense of the world and I used it often at work - and needed it to make sense of what other parts of the organization were doing and why.
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