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Choosing a Major: What and When?

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Questions about choosing a major are almost always misguided.
In the first place, most schools in the United States do not require you to declare your major on your application, or even in your first year of college. If you are applying for a bachelor of science degree instead of a bachelor of arts degree, you may find that if you don't take certain prerequisites in your first year, you will find it difficult to graduate within four years; but you can take those prerequisites without declaring your major, and change your mind to an easier major later.

In the second place, at the undergraduate level, there is almost no way to determine that one program is markedly better than another, except for the quality of the schools themselves. Liberal arts colleges are more likely to have better history and philosophy departments than technical colleges may. Top schools that have Nobel prize-winning professors for the graduate level are likely to also have good undergraduate programs, especially since there is often a point where seniors are allowed to take graduate-level courses.

But there's another point where history is history, and no accredited school can teach that the Confederacy won the Civil War; neither can any school teach that Plato was "better than" Aristotle; each are great for their place in the development of philosophy as well as for their individual philosophies.

The biggest division in choosing undergraduate institutions is whether those schools are liberal arts colleges or technical institutions, or in many cases a combination of both. A school like Dartmouth is almost entirely focused on the liberal arts, while a school like Perdue is going to be much more heavily focused on the STEM subjects. And schools like Penn, Columbia, even Harvard and MIT, work very hard at being equally good in technical subjects and did liberal arts subjects.

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Which liberal art colleges have strong undergraduate classics programs?

Can I get into Stanford MSCS (AI) if I majored in physics in undergrad?

Is it really tough to do physics (Hons) and mechanical engineering as a dual degree course?

Are Berkeley/ UCLA safety/ reach schools for me? – STEM subjects

What are some good questions to ask a college's admissions officer if you want to find out if it is your best fit for studying Biology?

As a freshman pre-med college student, should I double major in philosophy and biology or only philosophy and do only the med school pre-requisites?

Can I study in law after completing my graduation in philosophy?

What is the best thing to study after an undergrad if my intention is to one day work in the educational policy sector?

What subjects should I take in a junior college if I wish to major in psychology in a university?

Which is better: a degree from a mediocre University in a course that you like, or a degree from a great University in a course that you don't like?

Which Harvard University department is easy to get into at the undergraduate level?

Is AP Physics 1 "relevant" for college admissions?

Is it necessary to be an engineer to become an astronaut? Written by Robert Frost and reprinted with permission.

Should you apply for a major in a subject that you got less than a 5 on in its AP exam?


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