Hello Bradford, Interesting that you ask!
Given the Billion$$$ spent to pursue Business Majors, one would suppose that there are very few , if any, disadvantages to having a business major. The question is very similar to, "what are the con's of having a high school diploma?" There really are none.
The advantage of both the high school diploma and business degree is that EVERYONE expects you to have them. It is becoming true for MBA's as well: It is the baseline for employment.
Unhappily, the same can then be said of the advantages: You are slightly more employable than someone without a degree, except you might have a huge student loan to payoff. My advice is to distinguish yourself in some way OUTSIDE ACADEMIA: Join a non-profit, or a charity group, or the military.
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Ann Gianoglio Burk, MBA
Hope this helps!
However, I would say that the cons associated with being a business major include that because it is so broad, it can at times feel like you aren't learning as much as you would as if you were, say a math major. This is because you aren't learning an expansive amount of one skill like how to do math. But, you are learning a great range of skills regardless.
I hope this helps!
Hi Bradford - I'm April, a business major grad!
Great question - I think that there are many pros and cons to each major so I will share my thoughts on a business major here:
Pros - it's generic, so that you have lots of job options and potential. It's a good, well rounded education/knowledge base, with info applicable in all area of life. You could be able to work in any industry.
Con - it's not specific, so you may have many choices. It may cost more than other majors?
I hope that help and I wish you luck deciding! Have fun! Stay positive!
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Being very "numbers-oriented" and being able to do small, fairly-simple calculations in your head.
Having solid Excel experience.
Knowing the inside of a business well, being able to look at books and see how well a company is performing.
Depending on what you're relating it to... Less marketing experience from my viewpoint
Less experience with finance-related topics when majoring in only accounting
Less presentation experience in accounting
Less involvement with other departments from a day-to-day work standpoint
Pro: it provides great details about all the departments in a business, really good for anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship. Really teaches you time management because it requires you to spend a lot of time in all courses. Provides you practical knowledge that will be really useful for your future jobs.
con: i don’t see any con except that it requires a lot of time and effort.