Choosing a major

Jenene Grover, Reporter

Finding what you are passionate about can be difficult. It is even harder to find that passion in a college format. 

This format is often found in majors and minors. A major is a specific subject that the majority of your classes are focused around. Similarly, a minor is a focused subject you can focus on that is not related to your major. Your concentration is your most focused area of classes within your major. 

Many colleges have different manners of declaring a major, but generally, you are expected to declare by the end of your 4th semester. This means that you have plenty of time to figure out what you are interested in. 

Your choice in major does not necessarily lead to a career in that subject. If you decide that you want to earn a professional degree, such as an MD (medical degree), you do not need to have a major, such as medicine or nursing, in a science-related field. 

A well-known company that assists in college admissions, The Princeton Review, stated, “Many graduates find jobs that have nothing to do with what they studied in college. 

However, if you have always known what career you want to go intoyour major should be closely related to that career. For example, if you wanted to be a physicist, you should probably major in physics. Even if you do not know what career you want to go into, your major choice could interest you enough to find a job related to it. 

When choosing a major, there are many factors to consider. 

  • The career that the major could lead to 
  • The average amount of money that career earns 
  • The colleges offer the major 
  • You do not have to rush yourself into deciding immediately 

A recommended way of deciding what you are interested in is to take a few classes relating to the subject. At Blackman High School, there are a variety of classes in different subjects, in order to discover your passion. Blackman offers pathways ranging from Computer Science to Culinary Arts to ROTC. 

  • AP Courses 
  • A/V Production 
  • Banking and Finance 
  • Business Management 
  • Coding 
  • Culinary Arts 
  • Digital Arts 
  • Fine Arts 
  • Horticulture Sciences 
  • Humanities 
  • Law Enforcement Services 
  • Marketing Management 
  • Math and Science 
  • Networking Systems 
  • Office Management 
  • ROTC 
  • Sports and Human Performance 
  • STEM 
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Teaching as a Profession 
  • Therapeutic Services 
  • Veterinary and Animal Science 

Blackman’s own speech and yearbook teacherElizabeth Stone, saiBlackman offers a strong selection of elective pathways for students to make an informed decision either based on skill or interest or both. 

Another way of deciding what major you want to have is to explore college websites that list the majors and minors the school offers. Whenever you see something that seems interesting to you, research about the topic in-depth. 

Stone stated, “I decided (my major) based on my interests and personal skills. 

It can take some time in order to discover what you are interested in, but it is worth taking the time. There is no need to rush your future.


“Guide to Choosing College Majors.” The Princeton Review,