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Hey, I'm planning on either majoring international relation, communication or English. But right now im in a crisis. Idk what I should major and which I should minor. But I want to do all 3. Or does anyone have a good suggestion to major in a field that is related to the above 3? And what are the most affordable colleges that do not require maths for entrance ? If anyone could answer me it'll be great!

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Brittany’s Answer

Hello Angel,

I am a senior majoring in New Media and Communications and I would first like to say that it is a wonderful major to go into. Going into college myself as a freshman four years ago, I to struggled but then I started researching what all I could do with going into communications. I found out that I could honestly become so many great things from a film director to a telecommunications officer, the list was endless. I will try to give you some steps to help out with trying to figure out which one you should pursue.

Also, as far as I am aware there is no college or university that forfeits math for freshman. Entrance math(college algebra, elementary statistics) in college is just like your basic requirements for high school. Everyone is required to take at least two basic maths no matter the major and no matter the university, so as far as getting around not taking math in college as a freshman , this is not possible,but hey what is just two measly math classes ?

Brittany recommends the following next steps:

Find out what is drawing you to these three particular majors.
Research each major and see what best fits what you would like to do in the future. What best fits your personality. By research I mean to go all in and find out things such as salary and jobs related to the majors.
Once you are done researching the majors, see what clicks or resonates with your personality.
If you are already in college, I recommend that you take at least one class in each major and see which one you like the best. This will most definitely lead you onto the path of which one you should choose.

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Kendall’s Answer

The first thing to consider is whether or not you have a specific career in mind post-graduation. If the answer is no, I encourage you to focus on a degree that affords you the ability to take the largest variety of classes. A Liberal Arts major such as English, or a Communications major, will give you a broad base of classes from which to choose. And then you could always choose a minor in something more specific in which to minor.

My major in college was Political Science with a minor in English. I also took psychology, sociology and communications classes to support my overall education and learning path. Ultimately, I landed in the mortgage industry which requires a substantial amount of on the job training. Ensuring I was open and able to learn was key from my approach to the classes/major I chose in college.

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Francisco’s Answer

I'm an English major, BA from Sacramento State, MA from San Francisco State.

Advice that was not told to me, but something I appreciate in hindsight, is start from the career you want to have and move backwards. Look at existing job descriptions and see what you want as a career. Then look at the education requirement. Your #dreamjob, or what you think is your dream job, may have an educational requirement that does not align with your current dilemma.

Here's what I went through and why I think the above advice is so apt.

I first got into Electrical Engineering at Sac State because I thought I wanted to be in bio-medical engineering. My plan was to transfer to another school once I got the prereqs done.

After going through a ton of advanced math courses (calculus 3, phew!), I got depressed and changed my major to English, Creative Writing, which I was so skilled at, but what I assumed wouldn't have a good career trajectory. I did so much better—went from C's and D's to A's and B's.

It wasn't until my final year as an undergrad that the department head held a career talk. To paraphrase, they said, "it's most likely you won't be Stephen King or make Stephen King money. It just doesn't happen nowadays as regularly as it did in decades past." They said I should get more practical experience and chase my writing dreams in parallel. So I took up technical writing.

I worked in sales writing (proposal writing) and found my way to Salesforce. After trying my hand in marketing, I am now an editor on Trailhead, Salesforce's learning platform. I now am on a learning journey to up-skill and learn code.

On my commutes home, I work on novels and short stories. But I would have never imagined working on this team or writing / editing content about technology. I also worked as a writer on several video game news and blog sites.

Francisco recommends the following next steps:

Research jobs / careers you'd like to have and their educational requirements.
Tailor your education based on that.
You'd be surprised, maybe you don't need a degree, but certification.
It just depends on the career you want.

Thank you so much for your reply! It helped alot. Sorry for the late reply btw. I didnt log into the site for a long time. Ya I think I'll take your advice. Angel W.