Selecting the right major is a big decision

September 14, 2012

Applying to college can be one of the most stressful periods in a person's life. Whereas most students have been told which classes to take throughout high school and earlier, now they are on their own when considering which majors are offered and what area sparks their interest as they apply to colleges.

There are certain fields that have become more popular over the years. The Princeton Review recently came out with its Top 10 Majors list, which examined the most popular areas of study. Here are the top three options.

1. Business Administration and Management/Commerce.  The source states that those who want to major in this field will be able to study statistics, human resources, financing, accounting, marketing, economics and other vital components.

2. Psychology. Taking home the second spot in the rankings is psychology, which will appeal to those with an interest in how the human mind works. The study of how certain environments and chemicals in the brain affects behavior is central to this field.

3. Nursing.  Next on the list is nursing, which many expect to become even more important in the years to come with members of the Baby Boomer generation getting to an age where more care is required. The source reports that those who sign up for one of these programs will be able to learn about the latest technologies and methods for care.

For those with an interest in studying the natural world, rounding out the list was Biology, followed by Education, for people who want to help the next generation of learners - followed by English. Other majors on the list included Economics - which requires a lot of math classes - communications studies, speech communication and rhetoric, political science and government, and computer and information sciences.

While there is no fool-proof way to pick a major, sometimes a decision will be easier if a person can get an undergraduate scholarship for choosing a certain area of study. In one recent example, The Cherokee Tribune reports that Emily Burgess was the first person to be given the Gene Norton Scholarship for Education at Reinhardt University. The source reports that in order to qualify for the money, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and be in need of financial aid.

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