Is majoring in both computer science and psychology possible?
I’m a year 10 student and I know It’s way too early to start thinking about what I should major in when I get into college, but I can’t help but think about it because I’m stuck between computer science and psychology, I love both equally, so I thought, maybe I could major in both but I’m not sure that’s possible as they’re both significantly distinctive #college-major #psychology #computer-science
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I took a class in college called Minds as Machines. It was a class about how computers are like minds. The class drew connections between the way the human mind takes in information to the way you code information into computers. It also illustrated the way memories are formed and stored in the mind and how a computer remembers rules, preference, and past user behavior.
We did a project once in that class where we coded behavior into a small dinosaur robot. The idea behind it was to illustrate coding and behavior as one. One thing we coded was that if the robot was in the dark it would lay down to sleep but if it was in the light it would stand and then go into its food finding behaviors. This project was a perfect way to truly see the connection between the way computers work to the way our minds work.
I say all of this to show you that while they may seem like significantly different areas of study they connect in a way that may help you to better understand one by knowing the other. By understanding computers, coding, systems, and technology you begin to understand the way the human mind works a little bit better.
Both degrees are great options but together they're a fantastic mix!
Though I don't have majors in either, I can tell you that i have friends that have two majors as dissimilar as the one you are proposing. For example, my best friend has a major in VET and psychology and my sister in Economics and Psychology.
Having said that, I believe that what you probably should think is whether you will have the time to do both in parallel or maybe do one after the other one. Sometimes you can get overwhelmed and your performance might decrease in both... maybe just focusing first on one will ensure that you take full advantage and are on top of your class ! :)
Also, if you are not yet still decided, I would maybe use the time to talk to people that had done either majors and ask them about things like: time dedication, job opportunities . Actually posting the question here is a great start !
So bottom line, yes, it's totally possible and the fact that they are so dissimilar wont' be the key but more if you want to spend the time on both and whether you are really passionate on both.
Hope this helped you!!
Short answer, yes you can definitely major in both.
Having said that, there is a good chance doing both will take longer than only pursuing one major. There's nothing wrong with that! Sometimes class schedules just won't allow for you to do both in parallel because classes require other classes to be done first and are only offered in one semester. For example, I initially had plans to dual major in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Unfortunately for me the class schedule did not line up to complete in 4 years so I settled for a minor in one.
It sounds like you're not in college yet so try reaching out to any sort of local advisor and see if there are some college credit classes you can take now to give yourself a head start. For example, in the United States, I was able to take several college level classes while I was high school and I got to "skip" a lot of intro classes once I actually got to college.