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What major is better?

What major is better?

I am a senior in high school. I am going to finish up my college application. I am interestedin accounting and economic major, but also all the UC didn't have accounting. I wonder which one is better. Thank you! college college-major business

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Alexis’s Answer

Hi! My name is Alexis and I also wanted to learn more about Accounting and Economics in my college experience. Rather than trying to double major, I found it helpful to major in Accounting and do a study abroad experience for Economics. Study abroad is not for everyone, but it was a very insightful and great learning experience for me in my college career. Also try to think out of the box, if your school doesn't offer the program you want to take abroad see if they will accept the credits and go out there on your own and discover new people and cultures. You drive your learning in college and can choose what major you enjoy most through the classes you take.
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Laurie’s Answer

It is easier for an individual with an accounting degree to go into economics later in life compared to the reverse path. Accounting is the foundation of many different career paths. I would suggestion going into accounting and see what it develops into. Good luck.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi jing. Most schools do not have Accounting as a major. It could be part of the economics program. Ultimately, either an economics or accounting degree will give you the flexibility for your future career choice. I majored in Economics with emphasis on accounting since I know I want to be a CPA. Economics will give you more foundational courses to more disciplines like banking, finance, accounting, business management, statistics and more. Most important thing is to do well in either of these major and then build upon that in graduate studies or professional certification.
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Troy’s Answer

UCSB has an economics and accounting major that covers both. One isn't better than the other, but it depends on what you want or find more interesting. Accounting looks into more of the cold, hard facts as it is very technical. In contrast, economics is more theoretical as it focuses on areas such as supply, demand, production, and consumption.
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Bill’s Answer

I am a UCB alumni. I major in economics and I end up being an accountant. I don't think this is a conflict between the two majors. To sit for CPA exam, you need to meet certain requirements, having enough units, taking certain accounting classes, and etc. No matter which major you choose, you would need knowledge from both to be an accountant.

I probably should not assume pursuing accounting career. Here is my understanding of both areas. Economics, is a boarder major, including international trade, economics studies, and etc. while Accounting, is a more specific major. Economics is more theoretical while Accounting is more practical. Hope this helps.
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Tamille’s Answer

Hi! I would advise considering the career track you'd like to pursue when determining the major you should declare. Although both business majors will be beneficial regardless of the direction you choose to take, Accountancy will be more useful to you if you plan to pursue a CPA license and enter a career with heavy emphasis on accountancy. If you are more interested in Finance and jobs that require heavy analytics, Economics will be your best option. Best of luck to you!!
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Stacy’s Answer

Hi! I wouldn't worry about a specific major yet. If you know that you're interested in econ and accounting , then just plan on taking both types of classes your freshman year. Then when you meet with your college advisor, you can set up a plan to see how your doing in those classes. This will dictate which direction you go, later in your college years. If they have an accounting major, they may suggest that you focus on accounting classes, because of the technicality. But either major will work and right now, the job market is great for both of those fields! Good luck!
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Kelly’s Answer

Hi! Your major doesn't matter as much in the real-world. Employers are looking at job experience more so than a GPA or major/degree.

Do some digging to see which program as the better internship program or opportunities. You can also look at the professors to see if anyone stands out to you—having a mentor makes a world of difference.
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