What are the college classes like for a marketing major?
I want to go into International Marketing but I do not like or do well in math classes so I was wondering whether or not the major has a lot of math based classes. #marketing #collegemajor #business
I also didn't like math much before I became a marketing major. However I found that when I started my degree, the math changed and became much more relevant to my marketing interest. It was less memorization and complex topics that didn't seem relevant, but instead I learned topics that were really interesting because they related to my marketing degree. I would do a little bit of research into the types of math you may encounter in your marketing degree, including Economics, Finance, and Accounting.
If these are still not up your alley, you could consider a major adjacent to Marketing like Communications that traditionally requires less math. A Communications degree is helpful to get you into a variety of roles post-grad, including marketing roles (especially roles like Public Relations) as well as roles in HR, Recruiting, or other areas.
Some colleges have prerequisite courses to complete before you are enrolled in the college business program. Once in the business school, you will have course work more specific to marketing (less math).
Consult with your perspective university on the course work path for your major.
Some marketing careers do not require math skills, including copywriting, design, and account management. Besides the typical freshman classes, there will likely not be a lot of math in copywriting and design classes. If you pursue a marketing degree, math will be required in intro-level accounting, finance, stats, and economics classes. Afterward, as you specialize, you may encounter math as part of case studies or coursework. However, the math required is less trigonometry or calculus and more basic math/algebra.
For the required courses, such as Finance or Accounting, I would just recommend that if you ever are feeling like you are struggling, don't be afraid to ask the professor or other students for help. Professors, in particular, are a great resource and can help you get the support you need to be successful in those courses. I wouldn't let the few math courses deter you from a marketing degree if that's what you are interested in!
I am about to gradate with my Marketing degree at Penn State. There is definitely math within the degree and there is a fair amount of jobs requiring math after you graduate. However, the math is not to terribly complicated and you can choose fields that require little of it. These fields typically fall under communications, advertising or public relations. It is important to remember that most jobs will require you to do some math at the end of the day at some point so its not completely unavoidable.
Math was definitely not my favorite but don't push yourself to a career to avoid something you dislike! I would encourage you to get over your weakest points and not worry to much about the rest. I wish you all the best!
Here's a glimpse into the math-related courses I undertook to earn my Bachelor of Business in Marketing Degree:
- Finite Mathematics (focusing on probability)
- Business Calculus
- Accounting 1
- Accounting 2
- Business Statistics
It's crucial to remember that most universities provide tutoring services if you find yourself needing extra assistance. I, for one, greatly benefited from these services. By the time I reached graduate school, I was the one tutoring others in Statistics, and now I've built a career in Data.
Don't let these courses intimidate you. Just like countless others before you, you have the ability to succeed. If necessary, don't hesitate to utilize the resources at your disposal for additional support. Wishing you all the best on your journey!