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I dont know what to major in

BattlerbyBattlerby Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
I'm a History major and ive been struggling with choosing a career path for quite long. History was a good option, mainly because I wanted to a History teacher/professor.

Problem is? I see no future in the field. In my freshtmen year I noticed some discrepancies that concerned me:

* My College Algebra professor was a History major. She didn't find a job after college, she went back, got a Master's in Mathematics, and now she's working in her masters in Engineering.
* My school just built another science building and another engineering building.
* I feel like the History (and liberal programs in general) are old. It seems that they don't even care about it. Engineering programs specifically seem more updated. Marketing for engineering is overwhelming. Again, the Liberal Arts page on the website seems outdated as well as the programs themselves.
* More science professors are being hired. History professor are old and I don't think they're gonna hire more.
* AT LEAST 40% OF HISTORY CLASSES ARE ONLINE.
* One of my History professors told us that the Dean won't hire full-time History professors anymore.
* One of my History professors told us that he told his son not to become a History prof. because in the future there won't be more History profs--- he believes the History major will still exist, but it's gonna be fully online.
* One Pol.Sci professors told me that if he was to go back to college, he wound't get into the Liberal Arts. He thinks it's an dead-end.
* Liberal Arts building is old and in really bad conditions. The Best buildings are health science, economics, science, and engineering.
* The few full-time employed liberal arts professors work a lot. They teach a lot of classes compared to science or engineering professors.
* my School district is not longer hiring tutors because they're struggling with funding.
* I'm from Texas. As of right now, legislators are trying to reduce funding. However, they just passed a bill to increase teachers salaries. I'm afraid this would affect funding or employment, specially for History teachers.

I am now a sophomore-next year I'll be a junior. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid and confused. I was thinking my major to computer science, mainly because that was my second option, but again, if I could, I would go for teaching since it fits my lifestyle--I love talking about History and doing research. The thing is that I'm interested in programming and computers in general, BUT I don't want to work doing that. I like learning about tech, but just as a hobbie. I don't think I'll be a good developer.

I don't know what to do. on one side I don't want to start all over again, I don't want to spend more time and money, and I do actually like my current major and the job I could get. PROBLEM IS, I know I won't get a job--or that I willl have a hard time finding one, and it that happens, I would prefer working as a software developer than at walmart.

Replies to: I dont know what to major in

  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 4,573 Senior Member
    Have you spoken to your school's career services center?

    I have to say that I hate for you that 40% of your classes are online. Sounds like you are at a school that doesn't have the strongest history department, which also may be clouding the opinions and advice you are hearing.

    Have you considered transferring to another college with a stronger history program? Sounds like you really do love the subject matter.
  • albertsaxalbertsax Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    There's plenty of jobs for history majors if you widen your scope. Try looking at careers outside of education, just to see what's out there.
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff Registered User Posts: 2,446 Senior Member
    Look at all your interests and see if combining those interests work for you. Search history major and engineering or computer science and see what you find.

    I did one for the fun of it and look at what I found. I have no idea about what this is but maybe it interest you. Other schools might have similar things. Play around with the search words.
    https://www.khoury.northeastern.edu/program/bs-computer-sciencehistory/

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