What's a good business major? Any suggestions?

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    Oct 21, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    I'm going back to college in the fall of 2012. I've been undecided for a while, but now I gotta make a choice. I'm leaning towards going for a business major, but I'm not sure which one to pick. My original plan was to play it safe and go with a general business major, but a friend said It's better to choose something specific.

    I'd prefer something more suited to an introvert. I don't mind dealing with people, but I'd prefer something that's more behind the scenes.

    Edit: Also, when should I start applying for the fall 2012 semester? Its about a year away. Is it already a little late?

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    Oct 21, 2011 7:00 AM GMT
    Management Information Systems is in high demand right now. A huge proportion of the coursework is coding which definitely caters to an introvert. So if you like working with technology and don't mind sitting at a computer, that's an option.
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    Oct 21, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    KardioKing saidManagement Information Systems is in high demand right now. A huge proportion of the coursework is coding which definitely caters to an introvert. So if you like working with technology and don't mind sitting at a computer, that's an option.


    hmmm...well I don't mind computers, but by coding do you mean like writing computer codes? 'Cause I don't do that stuff.


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    Oct 21, 2011 10:50 AM GMT
    Accounting.
    The world always needs us bean counters, it's getting more and more complex so CPA's are always in high demand, tons of opportunities in tax, accounting, audit, mergers and acquisition, risk consulting, forensics, etc.

    Plus, accountants, on average, make more money than most of the other business degrees.
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    Oct 21, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    Profire saidAccounting.
    The world always needs us bean counters, it's getting more and more complex so CPA's are always in high demand, tons of opportunities in tax, accounting, audit, mergers and acquisition, risk consulting, forensics, etc.

    Plus, accountants, on average, make more money than most of the other business degrees.


    This!

    Don't choose something more generic like business management or marketing. My friends and I all recently graduated from college and they cannot find jobs with those majors. No offense to anyone here with those degrees...

    I chose Accounting and the recruitment they do is insane. Hell, most universities have an entire career fair just for accounting majors. I got a great job about a month out of college. A lot of accountants already had jobs secured well before they graduated.

    Just choose something specific that has a large market and big need for new employees.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 21, 2011 1:22 PM GMT
    I personally would opt for something general, like a basic business degree
    to start. Don't commit to something unless you really know you want to do it.

    Start off with a broad approach. Be diligent, ask questions about the specific options. Talk to your advisor, follow their recommendations and
    determine what you like and what you want to do based on that information and conversations with other students. Narrow your choice by being informed with what you want.

    No, it isn't too late at all, but move the process along. Knowledge is power
    and confidence. Good luck!

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    Oct 21, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    Supply Chain Management is something interesting and needed in any business.

    I personally was specialized in marketing, but those jobs are few and far between and normally take a number of years to work yourself into a good position.

    I'm in sales now, although I do love my job.
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    Oct 22, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    A general business degree by itself is too general. You should aim for a degree in business, but specialize in a particular field. I like the suggestions for accounting. Despite our crappy economy, there still seems to be a need for accounting/finance/legal people. Also, the FBI and Secret Service actively hires people with accounting degrees. So you've got some options.
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    Oct 22, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    Finance and Econ! It's a great match. Or Econ major with a minor in Math? That'd look great on a resume.
  • LJay

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    Oct 22, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Go to places like Career Builders.com and Monster.com and lok to see what is in demand. TYou are going to see a lot of cumpter stuff involving systems control and accounting. That may not be the case when you get out of school, but it should give you a general idea of the importance of getting very computer literate very quickly.

    A good business major is defined as one who can hold his liquor.

    Good luck.

    And be sure to take some serious courses in politics and backstabbing. You'll use them a lot.
  • austex85

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    Oct 22, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    accounting is TCR

    finance is not really an option unless you go to a top business program, otherwise it's a fluff degree with no real job prospects
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Oct 22, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    Personally, I would suggest either accounting or computer science. Yes, computer science is not technically a "business" degree, but it is definitely a decent field for introverts. Plus, there are both academic and business applications with computer science (i.e. information technology, software development, etc.).

    I would just say give SERIOUS contemplation about what you want to do because with the way the economy is right now - and will be for a while to come - it's best to know what you want to do and whether or not there are job opportunities awaiting you once you graduate.
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    Oct 22, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    I did Environmental and Resource Economics. It was helpful to have a specific focus to apply economic principles to, because hearing about them in a general context can be confusing.
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    Oct 22, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    Depending on the company you want/are working for I know International Business degrees are on the rise
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    Oct 22, 2011 5:36 PM GMT
    Im an Economics Major....the first couple of courses were nice and sweet...but now Im in upper level Econ Theory classes which are basically calculus courses icon_confused.gif, if I would have known that as a freshmen I would have ran the other way. Im a Senior now though so its too late icon_cry.gif to change anything that has to do with my major

    Your best bet is probably just a BA/BS in Business Administration, it covers everything and I'm pretty sure you could probably get a job just about anywhere with it.

    If your good with numbers Finance is a potential option also
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    Jul 05, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    Business degrees – just what you need to be successful in today's competitive business environment. Have you taken a look at the business programs offered by Stevens-Henager? They have several with a variety of emphases, like HR, new media marketing, property management, and technology. Moreover, the college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). You can look up Stevens-Henager College Accreditation online for more details. Get to know a college well before you apply for enrollment. Most of all, make sure it's accredited.
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    Jul 05, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    Supra89 saidIm an Economics Major....the first couple of courses were nice and sweet...but now Im in upper level Econ Theory classes which are basically calculus courses icon_confused.gif, if I would have known that as a freshmen I would have ran the other way. Im a Senior now though so its too late icon_cry.gif to change anything that has to do with my major

    Your best bet is probably just a BA/BS in Business Administration, it covers everything and I'm pretty sure you could probably get a job just about anywhere with it.

    If your good with numbers Finance is a potential option also


    Since this got bumped I just want to say that getting a degree in Business Administration is pretty much worthless. It is almost always better to go get it in something specific (hospitality, sports management, finance, accounting, etc.). Essentially, employers look at Bus. Admin as generic business courses. If they were to hire someone to do their bookkeeping/marketing/finance stuff, who would they prefer...someone with a very specific degree in their field or someone who may have glanced over it during their studies?
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    Jul 05, 2012 1:43 PM GMT
    Do what you will enjoy. If you hate accounting, DON'T DO IT.


    When it comes to getting a job it depends on who you know, not really what you studied. Only certain degrees that are specialized like accounting, engineering, technology degrees actually require those degrees. You can pretty much get any job with any basic degree. My sister was a Communication major, she now flies airplanes.

    Just make sure what you decide on studying is actually of interest to yourself. I can't imagine taking like 48 hours in classes that I hate.
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    Jul 05, 2012 1:50 PM GMT
    do some research on google and meet with an academic adviser to make up your own mind...
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    Jul 05, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    Don't listen to Chainers.
    WTF does he know about what employers want? Isn't he unemployed?

    anyway, even if you get a general business admin degree, it's still better than a "communications" degree or some other major like "german"

    It really depends what u wanna do though dude. Even if you graduate with a degree in XYZ....doesn't guarantee you'll get a job in that specific field.

    I graduated with a marketing degree and now work in higher ed. (at a university)
    I just fell into it. I couldn't have predicted I would have worked at where I'm working being a marketing major- I thought for sure I'd get a job at a major marketing firm or advertising agency, etc. However, an opportunity presented itself....and u just gotta go with it

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    Jul 05, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    If you look at job markets now - my suggestion


    Accounting/Finance
    International Business
    Human Resource Management