You just completed high school and going to university or college for your undergraduate study or you already earned a bachelor degree in your major and want to go for your master degree or you are very ambitious and want to pursue your PhD, in call cases, you want to choose the subject that you are passionate about and is eventually your career goal. How to choose your major?
Programs of Study Might Differ From One Country to Another
There are lots of subjects you can choose from. The name of your targeted major might be different from one country to another and probably one university to another in the same country. For example, in some countries, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) might be called elsewhere as the Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM). My advice is search the major with the name that you are not familiar with as it might be exactly what you want.
Difference Between BA and BS For the Same Subject
Another thing you need to be aware of is the difference between the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) for the same subject. For example, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is different from Bachelor of Science in Psychology. BA will focus more on general intellectual abilities whilst BS will focus more on science subjects, lab, as well as more psychology. The choice between the two will depend on your preferences, skills, and your career goals.
Certain factors you need to consider before choosing your major and I list some of them below:
- The area of study has to be something you are passionate about, you love, you want to work with in the future and excel in. Don’t choose something you don’t like. Even if you are smart, you will waste your time.
- Choose a university or college that’s best known for teaching your major worldwide. If not worldwide, then in the region. If not in the region, then in the country. I understand sometimes there are restrictions beyond our control but nevertheless, don’t give up on education.
- Go over the contents of your major. Make sure all the core courses are what you want. Read about them on the university’s website or speak to an adviser in the university who should be able to clarify things for you, but don’t rush and enroll without doing your homework first then you will waste time switching or merely stuck.
- If the location of the university or college matters to you in terms of safety, proximity to your community, accommodation, campus life, sports, worship places, ethnic food…etc., make sure to search the location as well. You will find forums of students talking about their study locations worldwide and you can get an idea from their reviews.
- If internship or co-op matters to you during or after graduation, search universities or colleges that offer placement opportunities so that you get work experience immediately when graduating.
- Some universities will have more admission requirements than others for the same major. For example, if your first language is not English and you require to provide proof of English proficiency, one university might require an overall IELTS score of 5.5 while others might require 6.5 as a minimum. Another example is one university might require SAT score or GRE or GMAT or others that you think you don’t want to attempt. Based on that, you might need to reconsider other universities.
- You want to study because you want to work and make a living. So what’s your employment probabilities after graduation? Will you find work easily or is the market in your home country over saturated with the same profession? Are you willing to change your major for something that’s in demand now and forever or change it to something that’s very rare with few experts in the field available?
If you have any feedback or comment, I would love to hear from you.