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If I have an undecided major, what classes should I take my freshman year of college?

I am going to be a college freshman but am undecided about what my major is. I would love to play baseball professionally and will be playing baseball in college. #teaching #teacher #majors #students #undecided #baseball #coaches

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Tyler,


I would recommend taking any classes that your college requires in your freshman year if you are undecided. Depending on your major, you may have several requirements later on that you will have to fit in, so to graduate on time, the best bet is to get what you need done as quickly as possible. For instance, many colleges require a number of math, English, history/social studies requirements. I would get some of those out of the way so you can focus on your major once you decide on it.


Best Wishes!

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Grant’s Answer

Don't worry about having a declared major your freshman year. A lot of people that have declared majors their freshman year change their minds and switch later. There are going to be some classes that you have to take, but you will have some elective courses too.

Go nuts! Take classes that sound interesting. Take classes about things you have never heard of. This is a great time for you to learn new things and explore. I took classes where I met people totally different from me and I read books I would have never been exposed to without getting off the beaten path. When you get outside of the lines and outside of your comfort zone, you can grow and learn more about what interests you. Try to push yourself and try new things.

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi,


Many people have one dream, change it and maybe change it again during college. Most colleges have everyone take the same beginning courses when you start. As you take these courses (and talk with peers, teachers, family and friends) think about which courses are the most interesting, engaging for you ..... what do you like to do? Since you like sports maybe sports management or business management?


Be patient - the right profession will come to you - it will be the one that has you excited and then you'll be very motivated for success!!

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Alex’s Answer

Hello Tyler,

A lot of people including myself had no idea what to major in when I got to college. At first I wanted to be premed then an accountant and finally landed in Business. So my first year I took a bunch of electives that sounded interesting yet engaging and as I went through the semester I started crossing off things I didn't want to do. It helps to be open and curious as a Freshman as you can also join a bunch of groups on campus, talk to friends, career counselors and take a personality or career quiz to see what fascinates you the most.

The most important thing I could tell any college student is to remember to have fun and if you are going to do something, do it 100%.

Alex recommends the following next steps:

Think about taking a career test
Think about taking a personality test
Think about joining groups on campus
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Ashish’s Answer

Hellos,

Pursue anything but remember if you want to become successful in that do that with believe and dedication not with half mind.

Learn to believe on your decisions and make it reality with your dedication.


Thank you.

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Doug’s Answer

Whether or not you have a declared major, there are some basic courses you will be required to get just about any undergraduate degree. Those will include Science, English, Math, Speech, Psychology, etc.


First, check with the school you plan to attend. Find out what majors they offer.

Next, check out the basics in each major (those listed above)

Talk to a career counselor about basic courses necessary for graduation.

If you see a major that hits a good nerve, you may want to sign up for that major's initial course.


The bottom line is to seek out the basic courses required for graduation in any major. If you can, I also recommend attending community college to earn these credits. Community college is almost always less expensive. And if it's close to home, you can save money on housing for at least 2 years. Just make sure with the senior university you want to attend will accept all your credits from community college.


I went to community college, earned an Associates degree before heading off to a senior level school. All my credits transferred and I was able,the last two years of school, to concentrate on my major (Business Administration).


Good luck and aim higher!

Doug recommends the following next steps:

Pick a school you are interested in
See what basic courses are required for all degree plans to graduate
Speak with a guidance counselor at the college for advice
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