Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

On occasion when I was asked to deliver a high school commencement address, I said that in college, one should major in the subject that he/she likes best. That would increase one’s chances of doing well and make the college experience more meaningful and productive. I told them that there is really no correlation between what one’s major is and what one winds up doing in life.

My advice for students was this: Major in the area that you enjoy the most. You’ll do better in school. And while you are in college, concentrate on developing your critical skills – communicating, critical thinking, doing projects, participating in groups such as sports, theater, and the like, and managing your time.

This New York Times article, written by   seems to agree. And a salient point made is that one should not major in a subject (like accounting) that a computer can do. Good advice, I think (not, however, to raise the ire of accounting majors.

He also has written other articles as well as a book on the subject. Links are below.

Here’s the link to the article. It’s worth reading.

Link to an earlier article.

Link to Mr. Selingo’s Amazon Page for his books.


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