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What does being a business major take?

I'm looking for colleges and I want to be a business major, but I don't know what to focus on and I'm not sure how to go about college (majors and minors). #business #major #college

Thank you comment icon Hello Zachary, I have to say that the main focus of being in a business major is taking one general business class in your Freshman year and learning about what focus you want to have as your major would likely be a good approach; to see if you like the business side. Melissa

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Deborah’s Answer

Hi Zachary,

There are a lot of things to consider when deciding on a college which can be overwhelming! Some things to consider are: how far do you want to be away from home, tuition, in-state vs out-of-state (typically going to school in-state would be cheaper than going out of state), scholarships, financial aid packages, campus and the programs offered. I was a Business major and I didn't look at going to a school that was designated as a "Business School"; I personally think this is more important when selecting a graduate school for your MBA (Masters in Business Administration). I worked in the Alumni and Parent Programs Office while in school and learned the importance of creating connections with the Alumni as those are the ones that can help you get a job afterwards or recommend internships/jobs.

The great thing about a Business major is that it is broad and can allow you to move into a lot of different industries. You'll have to take the standard business classes for your college and then you'll probably select a concentration (examples: Marketing, Finance etc.) but that doesn't need to be decided as a Freshman. You can have some flexibility with the first year and even to a certain degree your second year; you may find that you don't like Business at all and want to do something else which is ok. You can always change your mind but note that this may mean a longer time in school but you have to do what you feel is best for you.

Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you Deborah, this was very insightful and helped me with possibly finding my future career. Zachary
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Kevin’s Answer

Good question! I graduated college with a business degree. I found that having some technical classes (finance, accounting) helped me in my first job (consulting). Now, many years after starting my career, I am also glad that I took a wide variety of non business classes as well (history, philosophy, English literature). I think that today taking classes in programming including workflow programming would be a plus when applying for jobs.

Taking one general business class in your Freshman year and learning about what focus you want to have as your major would likely be a good approach. Since you typically don't have to declare a major until your Sophomore year you can use your freshman year to learn what you like and don't like about the majors offered.
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Jill’s Answer

Business Administration is a great college path. It will expose you to many different areas which you can specialize in such as marketing, accounting, finance, project management just to name a few. A business degree is applicable in any industry, so it makes you more marketable to many employers when you graduate. A business Administration degree will take you 4 years if you take a normal course load each semester. Don't worry about trying to figure out your concentration just yet, you'll need to do that in sophomore year. Freshman requirements are designed to give you a basis for making that concentration decision. When you decide on a concentration, it's very important to work in that field before graduation. Take on an internship if one is available. Don't worry about the pay, the experience is priceless!
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Sharkita’s Answer

Hi Zachary,

If you know that you enjoy business or that's the route that you want to go, that is awesome. I was an Accounting major!

Typically as a part of general requirements, business schools will require you to take the introduction level in all of the possible disciplines (i.e. accounting, marketing, finance, etc.). This will give you a flavor/idea about what the topic is about and then you either declare a major at a later time or apply to the college at a later time. This will give you the opportunity to explore.

I would also suggest that you do some research on the different disciplines and if possible talk to some people in those fields.

Hopefully this helps!

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Tania’s Answer

I graduated with a business degree from Baylor. As some of the other folks have said, there are many options under "business" which is nice because you can go with what you are most interested in. Most colleges will have required courses based on what you have selected as your major - could be a finance track, marketing track, etc. You will take a variety of subjects to ensure a well-rounded education.
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Cathy’s Answer

Hi Zach, there are many subjects that are within the Business major: accounting, advertising, human resources, management, marketing, supply management, etc. Perhaps the best way to decide on which subjects you want to focus on is to take the survey of your skills and interests. There are a couple of websites that can help you figure out what your career might be:

https://www.mycareerpathways.org/how-to-choose-a-career-path
https://www.onetonline.org/
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Elizabeth’s Answer

Starting as a business major is a wonderfully flexibly place to start. There are many classes that are applicable to whatever specialty you decide interests you. I am finishing my final semester with a dual major in Business Management and Human Resources after working in management at a telecommunications company for almost 10 years. Being able to see how the classes apply to real world scenarios is very interesting, and makes learning easier.

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Attend job shadows and career fairs to find out about positions and industries that interest you.
Start with a general major and narrow your focus as you find something that interests you.
Research growing fields and trends in employment to increase your chances of having a job lined up when you are ready!
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Carl’s Answer

There are many disciplines within business for majors. I suggest that you go to the career center of the colleges you may be interested in and ask them where they are having success placing people in jobs out of their schools and what they think is the best direction to explore for your future.
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Justin’s Answer

Being a business major takes perseverance. There are some classes that may be challenging but you are required to find ways to succeed in them. Some of the challenging classes I took required me to reach out to other students for help, form study groups, and attend office hours. You can do it. Good luck!
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John’s Answer

Regardless of the specific business major, I'd always recommend balancing technical classes (Finance, Accounting, IT Management, etc.) with traditional Liberal Arts courses, such as Philosophy, History, and Political Science. In my experience going into accounting/consulting, the technical classes helped me immensely in understanding what I was doing and building a foundation. However, the broader courses often helped me with "how to learn" and were often conducted in seminars or section cases that forced me to think in different ways, often in subjects I was not particularly strong at. This translates directly to so many of my business experiences where I'm challenged to think creatively and laterally, and often spend significant portions of time listening to and learning from other experts to develop a frame of thought.
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Patrecia (Trish)’s Answer

So here is the thing. . . Business Administration can get you into anything really. I would play around with extra classes as suggested by others to see if there is a specialty area that you may like better than another, you may not even find it until after you graduate. When I went to college I change Degree plans 3 times and ended up in a business degree and my career I ended up in Information Technology. . .WHICH Lord believe me I never thought I would end up in. ME a TECH HEAD!!! NO WAY, I started off my college degree in interior design. Do not get discourage you will figure it out.
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Shamecca’s Answer

Hello Zachary! Business is such a large umbrella and many things fall under that: Accounting, Finance, Business Administration and Management, Marketing, Real Estate and the list goes on and on.

Think about narrowing it down under Business. What are you passionate about? What do you like to do? Is there a particular job or company you want to eventually work at? Research colleges you are considering attending after graduation and see what they have to offer.

And then put a plan into action once you narrow down what you would like to do.

Good Luck!
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Simeon’s Answer

Most business degrees aren't very unique compared with one another. Keep an eye out for universities that offer more internship opportunities as those will be key to succeeding in the business world. See if the university has an expansive alumni network as well. Besides those factors, focus on affordability. It's not usually worth it to spend more going to one business school over another.
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Sergio’s Answer

Business Majors generally take:
Marketing, Accounting, HR, Business Law, and Information Systems classes.

It may be best to declare your major as General Business and then as you start to take general business classes which are required you will grasp more of a feel of what you wish to focus on.

Tips: lucrative business degrees are Business Analytics, Finance, and Business Management Information Systems.

Join clubs early in college too that will also allow you to network and meet individuals that can influence you.
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Orain’s Answer

Hello Zachary,

I hope all is well

This is a great question. I would recommend to start with career service at your school or teachers who are able to provide you the lay of the land in the business world. There are so much areas in business that you can pursue/focus on and obtaining information on all areas and " a day in the shoes of that professional" in business may assist with your decision. There are also informational sessions you may be able to attend but get connected with teachers at your school who can connect you with professional that you can gain information from. Once you are able to build interest in a particular area in business, once in college your academic advisor assigned to you will be able to direct you on classes to take to reach your goal.

I hope this helps.

Thank you

O.M

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Melissa’s Answer

Hi. Almost no matter what business major you pursue, a sales position is usually the entry position. The reason behind that is that as a sales person you get to understand the product and services as well as the customers. Accounting and Finance probably will not be a sales entry level position since they are numbers focused. No matter what you choose, research the type of current career opportunities available and their future trend. If afforded the opportunity, talk to people that currently have the career you are interested in.

In regards to colleges, ask questions like...
What does your business school specialize in?
What differentiates your business program from other colleges?
What is the rate of employment within the degree received after graduation?
What associations, partnerships, relationships exist with the business program and successful business companies?

Hope that helps!
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John’s Answer

Hey Zachary,

I recommend figuring what about business is interesting to you. There are so many different kinds of business jobs out there. For majors and minors, experiment with wh