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  • 0:02 Finidng a College
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

How do I choose a college? The answer to that question is multi-faceted, but one aspect worth considering is whether a college offers the major you want to study. Watch this lesson to find out how to find colleges that offer your major.

Finding a College

Ever since she was a little girl, Mira has known what she wanted to do when she grew up. Now it's time to go to college, and she's really excited about applying. But the problem is that she wants her major to be urban forestry. That's not a major offered at every school.

Until recently, Mira was planning on attending her state school. But then she found out that they don't offer an urban forestry major. They don't even offer a class on urban forestry! What now? Mira is facing the same dilemma as many students: how to find a college based on specific criteria. For some students, that's location, or cost, or how big the school is. For Mira, the criterion is the major she wants to study.

Let's look at when the major should be a factor in a college decision and how to find a college based on the major that you're interested in.

When It's a Good Idea

Mira knows what she wants to do, and she always has. When her sister Heidi was playing house and lining up her stuffed animals to give them a math lesson, Mira was studying trees. She wanted to know what made them healthy and grow and how trees were used around the city to make it a healthier and prettier environment.

Heidi, though, never knew what she wanted to do. One day, she wanted to be a teacher. The next, an actress. Firefighter. Astronaut. Park ranger. You name it, Heidi has thought about doing it. For Mira, it makes sense to choose a college based on whether it offers her major of choice. After all, she knows for sure that's what she wants to do.

For Heidi, though, choosing a college based on whether it offers the major she's considering this week might not be a great move. She might change her mind next week, or next month, or next year.

If a student is sure of his or her major, then choosing a college based on whether it offers that major is a good move, as with Mira. But, like Heidi, if a student is unsure of her major, she might be better off choosing a college based on other criteria.

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