Often the first and best advice about choosing an available Emory College major or minor is to explore the courses and electives you can take within that curriculum. Attending Emory College Majors Fair, reading individual course descriptions online, learning about curriculum requirements, and reaching out to faculty in these departments are all important steps to help you predict your satisfaction within a given major. To get started online, helpful resources include: Emory College departmental web pages, the Goizueta Business School BBA,  Pre-Health Mentoring Office or the Pre-Law Advising Office curriculum planning sites.

While The Career Center’s advisors can help you to explore the ways in which academic coursework can be related with career pathways, questions related to course selection or which courses will fulfill General Education Requirements (GERs) or major/minor curriculum requirements are best handled by meeting with PACE advisors (for first-year students) or an Academic Advisor at the Emory College Office (White Hall, 3rd Floor).  Department faculty may provide additional guidance about the nature of certain courses, the kinds of jobs and internships students sometimes seek within the major, and graduate or professional school destinations of previous graduates.

Harsh economic realities are often cited as justification for choosing a “practical” major with clearly associated vocational pathways.  Your family’s desire for return on investment for the high cost of an Emory degree is yet another, and these are very valid concerns. Sometimes your personality may fit better with a major curriculum that emphasizes skills directly applicable to business, journalism, scientific research, and the like – making the “practical” choice of majors the natural choice as well.

The fear of students (and their parents) often feel when choosing a major WITHOUT a clear vocational path is that they will find themselves somehow less marketable for employment after graduation. Consider, for example, the Philosophy major that is not interested in graduate school, academic research, or becoming a college professor after earning her bachelor’s degree. Without any clearly prescribed career paths associated with Philosophy, does her college education then become frivolous? (Not to pick on Philosophy majors – being frequently tested to think critically and express ideas from a diverse array of viewpoints often makes them some of the smartest of the bunch.)

Consider this:

  • The knowledge and perspectives gained in classroom hold their own intrinsic value, independent of an individual’s occupation later in life
  • Not all students NEED to choose a major with a clearly associated vocational path in order to FEEL CONFIDENT that they can find their career path upon graduating
  • One’s choice of major is often NOT a limiting factor in terms of where you can go after graduation; nor does it define the particular role or industry in which you will find true satisfaction and reward
  • More often than not, this fear actually stems from an inability to see a clear roadmap to the future, and perhaps a lack of information about the variety of jobs that students can choose from (a great reason to make an appointment at The Career Center to come visit its resource library in Suite 200, B. Jones Center).

There is a more worldly approach to the predicament mentioned above. Nowadays, students in Philosophy (and in all other majors) are expected to seek practical grounding outside the classroom. So-called “experiential learning” allows you to discover new ways of applying interests, talents, and values in diverse settings – and also shows you the means by which others earn a living and achieve independence. You can begin to explore these opportunities in high school and have an abundance of opportunities to do so at Emory and in the surrounding Atlanta community.

Another way to select a major is by first exploring various industries and job functions. Working back from there, you can analyze the various Emory majors and programs to determine which one will prepare you the best. Utilize our industry and organization research tools to help narrow your choices.

Program Degree Advisor
Accounting BBA (Primary Area) Career Management Center
African American Studies BA  |  Minor Beth White
African Studies BA  |  Minor Beth White
American Studies BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Analytic Consulting BBA (Secondary Area) Career Management Center
Ancient Mediterranean Studies BA Beth White
Anthropology BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Anthropology and Human Biology BS Don Cornwell
Applied Mathematics BS  |  Minor Kendra Owens
Applied Mathematics & Statistics BS Kendra Owens
Arabic BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Architectural Studies Minor
Art History BA  |  Minor Beth White
Arts Management BBA (Concentration) Career Management Center
Astronomy Minor
Biology BA  |  BS Shantrell Bowe
Biophysics BS Kendra Owens
Business Administration BBA Career Management Center
Business and Society BBA (Secondary Area) Career Management Center
Catholic Studies Minor
Chemistry BA  |  BS Shantrell Bowe
Chinese BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Classical Civilization BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Classics BA Don Cornwell
Classics and English BA (Joint Program) Don Cornwell
Classics and History BA (Joint Program) Don Cornwell
Classics and Philosophy BA (Joint Program) Don Cornwell
Community Building and Social Change Minor
Comparative Literature BA  |  Minor Paul Bredderman
Computer Informatics Minor  
Computer Science BA  |  BS  |  Minor Paul Fowler
Dance and Movement Studies BA  |  Minor Beth White
Dentistry Preprofessional Opportunity Pre-Health Mentoring Office
Development Studies Minor
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Minor
East Asian Studies BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Economics BA  |  Minor Kalesha Hicks
Economics and Mathematics BA (Joint Program) Kalesha Hicks
Engineering (3-2 Program) BA  |  BS Kendra Owens
Engineering Sciences BS Kendra Owens
English BA  |  Minor Beth White
English and Creative Writing BA Beth White
English and History BA (Joint Program) Beth White
Environmental Sciences BA  |  BS  |  Minor Paul Bredderman
Environment and Sustainability Management BBA (Concentration) Career Management Center
Ethics Minor
Film Studies BA  |  Minor Paul Bredderman
Film and Media Management BBA (Concentration) Career Management Center
Finance BBA (Primary Area) Career Management Center
French BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
German Studies BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Global Health, Culture, and Society Minor
Greek BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Hebrew Minor
Hindi Minor
History BA  |  Minor Rodia Vance
History and Art History BA (Joint Program) Beth White
Human Health BA Shantrell Bowe
Information Systems and Operations Management BBA (Primary Area) Career Management Center
Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture BA Don Cornwell
International Business BBA (Secondary Area) Career Management Center
International Studies BA Rodia Vance
Italian Studies BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Japanese BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Jewish Studies BA  |  Minor Beth White
Korean Minor
Latin BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Latin American and Caribbean Studies BA  |  Minor Beth White
Law Preprofessional Opportunity Rodia Vance
Linguistics BA  |  Minor Paul Bredderman
Lusophone Studies Minor
Marketing BBA (Primary Area) Career Management Center
Mathematics BA  |  BS  |  Minor Kendra Owens
Mathematics and Computer Science BS (Joint Program) Kendra Owens
Mathematics and Political Science BA (Joint Program) Kendra Owens
Media Studies BA | Minor Paul Bredderman
Medicine (PreHealth Studies) Preprofessional Opportunity Pre-Health Mentoring Office
Mediterranean Archaeology Minor
Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies BA Beth White
Music BA  |  Minor Beth White
Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology BS Shantrell Bowe
Nursing BSN School of Nursing
Nutrition Science Minor
Organization and Management BBA (Primary Area) Career Management Center
Persian Language and Literature Minor
Philosophy BA  |  Minor Paul Bredderman
Philosophy and Religion BA (Joint Program) Paul Bredderman
Physical Therapy Preprofessional Opportunity Pre-Health Mentoring Office
Physician Assistant Preprofessional Opportunity Pre-Health Mentoring Office
Physics BA  |  BS  |  Minor Kendra Owens
Physics (Applied) BS Kendra Owens
Physics for Life Sciences BA Pre-Health Mentoring Office
Physics and Astronomy BA  |  BS Kendra Owens
Playwrighting (Creative Writing and Theater Studies) BA Beth White
Political Science BA  |  Minor Rodia Vance
Predictive Health Minor
Psychology BA Kendra Owens
Psychology and Linguistics BA (Joint Program) Kendra Owens
Quantitative Sciences BS Kendra Owens
Real Estate BBA (Secondary Area) Career Management Center
Religion BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Religion and Anthropology BA (Joint Program) Don Cornwell
Religion and Classical Civilization BA (Joint Program) Don Cornwell
Religion and History BA (Joint Program) Don Cornwell
Religion and Sociology BA (Joint Program) Don Cornwell
Russian BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Russian and East European Studies BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Science, Culture and Society Minor
Sociology BA  |  Minor Paul Bredderman
Spanish BA  |  Minor Don Cornwell
Spanish and Portuguese BA Don Cornwell
Sustainability Minor
Sustainability Sciences Minor
Theater Studies BA  |  Minor Beth White
Theology Preprofessional Opportunity School of Theology
Veterinary Medicine Preprofessional Opportunity Pre-Health Mentoring Office
Visual Arts (Integrated Co-Major) BA Beth White
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies BA  |  Minor Beth White

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