Choosing a Major

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.

Finding Guidance When You Need It

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.

Additionally, you can check out how certain majors are connected to career paths through this helpful resource: What Can I Do With This Major? 

Feeling Pressure to Choose a "Practical" Major?

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. These are very valid concerns. And 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).

Choosing Your Major Doesn't Equate to Choosing Your Career

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.

Majors & Advisors/Counselors

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

Sarah Clark

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

Sarah Clark

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

Sarah Clark

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

Sarah Clark

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)

Paul Fowler

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

Sarah Clark

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