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The top ten most popular college majors

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
August 21st, 2011
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In high school, the student is required to sit through history, math, and physical education as per their state's academic guidelines. This all changes once the student enters college, where they are given a wide array of classes in order to pursue the career of their choice. On the fast-track to the career of their choice, choosing the right major will eventually help them earn a living.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Princeton Review's has released their Top 10 Majors list. Students are warned that these are not necessarily the degrees that garner the most demand in the job market. More importantly, they don't lock the student into a set career path. Each major offers unique intellectual challenges and develops skill sets that will be applicable to various careers.

1. Business Administration and Management/Commerce. Talents required for this major include problem solving, number crunching, decision making and great communication skills! While studying business, the student will get a thorough grounding in the theories and principles of accounting, finance, marketing, economics, statistics, and human resources functions.

2. Psychology. This major focuses on such features of the human mind as learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, perception, personality, mental disorders, and the ways in which our individual preferences are inherited from our parents or shaped by our environment.

3. Nursing. Compassionate people with a great mind for the intricate and sometimes heartbreaking world of medicine will be well-suited for a nursing career. In the course of evaluating, diagnosing, and treating health problems there is also the chance to work with ever-evolving and ultra-sophisticated technology.

4. Biology/Biological Sciences. From microscopic organisms to cloning procedures, biology encompasses pretty much the whole world. Biology majors can study human, plants, animals, and the environments in which they live, and studies are conducted at the cellular level, the ecosystem level or anywhere in between.
 
5. Education. In this major, you'll learn the skills necessary to become an effective and inspirational teacher with the ability to influence young children and teenagers when they are most impressionable.

6. English Language and Literature. English programs focus on literature, language, and writing, and an English major will encounter a wide array of absorbing works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from around the world and throughout history.

7. Economics. This discipline is the study of choices: those of individuals, businesses, governments, and societies and how they choose to spend their time and money and otherwise allocate their resources.

8. Communications Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric. Communications majors tend to be great storytellers with quick wits and fiery personalities. Students learn about verbal and nonverbal messages, audience reaction, and the varied effects of different communication environments.

9. Political Science and Government. The study of politics of government, and some of the common concentrations are American government, public policy, foreign affairs, political philosophy, and comparative government. Political science majors develop excellent critical thinking and communication skills, and more broadly, an understanding of history and culture.

10. Computer and Information Sciences. Students are exposed to areas such as robotics, natural language recognition programs, artificial intelligence, programming languages, numerical analysis, and gaming technology.

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