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Poll Results: Which specification for a business major?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 31% of voters (7)
  • 4% of voters (1)
  • 13% of voters (3)
  • 4% of voters (1)
    International Business
  • 4% of voters (1)
  • 31% of voters (7)
    Management Information Systems
  • 9% of voters (2)
22 Total Votes  
post #16 of 21
^ Great post. I truly wish I read and had someone stress this repeatedly to me before I started undergrad. Especially the bit about gen eds, I found Calculus to be interesting and got by with the prereq easily. I just wish I would've continued for my own sake rather than looking out for easy classes. facepalm.gif
post #17 of 21
Well, what I wrote was only what I learned after going through the first 2-3 years in the races of undergrad. There were plenty of opportunities I missed and it was only until after I got to senior year and looked at my successful peers and dissecting what they'd done so well.

I had a last dash the end of my junior year going into senior year to "play catch-up" in quite enriching courses. I was able to do this because I focused so hard and heavy on pre-reqs for my major and career path. I was primarily concerned with grades, women and drinking only early on.

That's OK because I'm still where I wanted to be since I knew grad school would be where I start the true learning and research for my chosen profession (not law). I noticed those who chose business seemed to be one of the most affected by how they chose to spend their efforts to have success upon graduation.

Important thing to realize is that once you've graduated and left undergrad after those 4 years, it's not coming back.
post #18 of 21

Entrepreneurship will go through you some very interesting topics, though I wouldn't take it as a major by itself. Unless you want to be an entrepreneur, you'll want to get a double major or get it as a minor.


A couple buddies of mine who went the MIS route got jobs as soon as they got out of undergrad. 


At a couple schools I've been to, finance was taken by those who didn't want the challenges of an accounting degree and management was the 'cop out' major.


Again these were my observations at a particular school. My intentions were not to insult anyone.

post #19 of 21

I'm in my last year as an econ major. So I'm biased. But this has my vote. 

post #20 of 21
Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

Based on your OP, you have to first inform us what you're interested in? Marketing bares no relation to any of the above listed. Management is kind of lame as you can't really learn how to manage in college classrooms. Intl' Business is kind of lame unless you are genuinely interested in how businesses work globally but still all the other majors could still lead to a job in "international business". Finance, MIS and Accounting are quite specific and not made for everyone. Entrepreneurship, like magagement and intl' business is also kind of lame. You can't really learn to start a business in a college class room.

You're gut is right, your finace's major has no say in the matter.

PS - I selected MIS, Marketing, Finance and Accounting as they're the most specific. I like Intl' business on paper but I don't think it's all that helpful as I work in the field and didn't even study it.

This. The four selected are really the only "hard" skills, although marketing can be done without a major easily. Intl business is the biggest joke, plenty of students are majoring in it and I would bet that I could outperform 97.5% of them in any of the requirements. You can read all about a culture in a book and how their business works, but if you don't have enough travel/diversity around you, you'll be behind.
post #21 of 21

I think its best you choose a specification that interests you most even though accounting seems to be winning the poll here. There are some definite advantages of an accounting career such as it being recession-proof, but it should ultimately be something you enjoy doing and are good at. You may also want to browse through the curriculum of a typical Bachelor degree in Accounting to see if the coursework looks interesting to you!

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