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What majors should I take up in college?

I'm interested in philosophy, psychology and english literature, and I can confidently say I can do well in these fields since its all I've ever been doing since I started to understand the importance and jobs. Although there aren't many good colleges or unis I can find that offer all three subjects as majors, and pose a good opportunity, especially in India. I need your help.
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Sanober’s Answer

Hi Manasvi,

How cool that you already know what subjects you want to study in college! While you can't major in all three at once, I would suggest looking into schools that are known for their Arts programs (that covers philosophy, psychology and English). You can major in one of those that you feel most passionate about, and minor in another. For example, you can major in Psychology and minor in English.

I hope this helps :)

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Simeon’s Answer

If you were to pick just two of the three, I'd make sure that they cover different areas. My focus would be on deciding how you feel about the psychology major. Psychology tends to be a degree that is used for getting into specific counseling and therapy jobs. If you are considering those types of jobs, I would make sure psychology is one of the two, but if not, psychology is a topic you can keep up with by continuing to read long-term and don't have to major in.
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Alexander V.’s Answer

Hey Manasvi,

I definitely agree with Sanober that finding a university with strong Arts programs is the way to go. Something I always suggest to students when they have multiple interests is to consider a liberal arts major, especially for undergrad. It gives you, the student, many opportunities to dip your toes into several majors that peak your interest. That can in return help you narrow which major to focus on and which others could be potential minors.

Good luck!
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Oscar’s Answer

Hi Manasvi,

It's great that you know which subjects you want to check out already! I think an option you have is to major in one and minor in another? There are other ways in which you could join a club related to a major and spend some time learning it as well. Another idea is maybe if there is a Cognitive Science major at your school? I know that covers psychology and language within it so you can just minor in philosophy on the side!

Hope this helps!

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Maggie’s Answer

Hi Manasvi,

This is a great question! You have wonderful academic interests.

As a philosophy major myself, I'm a bit biased. However, I think you should really consider the ways your intended majors overlap when making this decision (there's a great deal of crossover between English and philosophy, and some overlap between philosophy and psychology). Perhaps you might want to select a double major option and focus on the two broadest, most all-encompassing disciplines with the least overlap (e.g. philosophy and psychology)? You could also pursue a minor in one or both of your other interest areas, majoring in the subject you're most passionate about.

I also want to echo the other contributors' sentiments on choosing a major that aligns with your chosen career path. You can do a lot with an undergraduate degree in all of these fields but they do limit your options somewhat. For example, psychology presents a much clearer career path than English or philosophy. Make sure you have some awareness of the paths these disciplines will open for you and the ones they won't.

Best of luck!

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Vani’s Answer

Hello Manasvi!

I see that you are having a decision problem. I myself struggled with choosing my major. I was a computer science student up until my sophomore year and switched to psychology at the beginning of my junior year. I suggest looking into the job field you want and seeing what majors people in that field have. I also recommend taking a deeper dive into the professional world. There are many fields that aren't as well known as others but still just rewarding. I wanted to work in technology and thought that computer science was the only way. I thought that psychology could only get me an HR or counseling job, 2 fields I was not interested in. I took a career workshop and discovered Design Research. I was able to use my psychology background in the tech field. There are many opportunities out there, some just aren't as advertised. Dabble a little in different things you like and don't be afraid to make big changes, at the end of the day the important thing is for you to be happy with what you will be doing for at least the first few years of your professional life.

Vani recommends the following next steps:

Research majors within your preferred carrier path.
Look into career workshops to take a deeper dive into the career choices out there.
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