How many students know exactly what they want to do for a career when they start college as a freshman? Not many. About 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career.
What are the most popular majors in college for new freshmen? According to the Princeton Review they are:
- Computer Science
- Government/Political Science
- Chemical Engineering
With our world becoming more technically advanced with every passing year, companies are looking to hire business majors with technical knowledge and engineering majors with business and communication skills. So how are colleges adapting to that demand?
For decades engineering programs have centered around a math-science nuts and bolts core curriculum that didn’t leave much room for other interests. One way engineering schools are broadening their student’s horizons is by having them get involved in projects that focus on community needs such as the environment and social concerns.
Rather than create new interdisciplinary courses, Worcester Polytechnic Institute incorporates social context directly into its existing engineering curriculum, and pairs engineering and other faculty – for example, a biomedical engineer and a political scientist – to participate in one another’s courses.
Another consideration for students is to obtain a degree in engineering followed by an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and engineeringjobs.com explored that option with Getting an MBA as an Engineer in their November 2017 issue.
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