Econ/Stats or Econ/business

<p>Hi, I'm an incoming freshman at UC Berkeley.</p>

<p>I've heard some people saying that instead of getting an undergrad business degree, I should major in other subjects and get an MBA later. I agree, however, if I choose not to major in business, wouldn't I lose a lot of internship or job opportunities that are available to business students?</p>

<p>So I'm taking either double major in {Econ/business} or {Econ/Stats}. Which path do you recommend? Does it work if I double major in Econ/business and minor in Stats? How useful is a minor in stats (in terms of getting a job and applying for MBA)?</p>

<p>Thank you so much for your help!</p>

<p>Yep, it will be more difficult to find internships and entry level jobs in the business field if you don't have a business degree, but it's far from impossible. Economics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, psychology, and others, are all technically not business degrees, but are majors that often lead to careers in business. However, those options are more for people who are very interested in a subject outside of the traditional business programs, but end up working in business because that's where they can find a job. </p>

<p>If you are really interested in business then do the undergrad business degree. It's not going to help your cause to have a non-business related degree if your long-term goal is to get into business. Non-business related degrees are often for people who don't know exactly what they want to do when they graduate. I like the Econ/business double major. I'm thinking of double majoring in MIS and Economics because it's a great blend of theory and practice. I do recommend picking a specific business major instead of just general business administration. Look into MIS, finance, and accounting related careers and try to choose a career path.</p>

<p>It makes sense. Actually when I was looking at the jobs in the business fields, I'm sort of interested in actuary (but not sure). So if I end up NOT majoring in statistics, can I still be an actuary in the future?</p>