By Angela Jacob
For Unwind magazine
Choosing a college can be a daunting task for a high school student on the brink of adulthood. Everyone stresses the importance of going to a good university, but another crucial decision that isn’t always emphasized is selecting a major. Picking a major determines many things about the types of classes you take and how busy you will be during the best four year of your life.
At the University of Maryland, different majors have different credit requirements, which directly translate into the number of classes that the students have to take. The business, engineering and behavioral sciences schools are three of the many well-regarded schools on the campus. These schools host a variety of students and majors, and the credit requirements are as follows:
Robert H. Smith School of Business: 120 credits to graduate with 63-76 of them being major-related classes.
A. James Clark School of Engineering: 120-128 credits for graduation with 77-79 major-related class credits
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences: 120 credits to graduate; 36-42 major-related credits
So which majors are the busiest? Engineering is considered one of the most time-consuming majors on campus, and freshman bioengineering major Milan Patel believes that judgment is fairly accurate.
“It’s pretty demanding considering most engineering majors have to take 16 to 17 credits each semester and it adds up because you have to fulfill other general university requirements for the next semester,” he said.
On the contrary, Patel said, “I’ve always seen business majors having a lot of free time.”
Akshayah Kayamboo, a freshman finance and information systems major, reinforced Patel’s message.
“In general, I would say business is less demanding than engineering and pre-med,” she said, a business school student herself.
Although she currently has a good amount of free time, Kayamboo’s double-major track will become more involved in the upcoming semesters.
Both Patel and Kayamboo expressed hope for future employment, as engineering and business school majors are generally provided several opportunities in the workforce.
Julie Sweeney, a junior government and politics major, described her career outlook more ambivalently, saying, “You have a lot of options; I wouldn’t say the job market is wide open.”
Government and politics majors typically aspire to be federal employees, politicians or lawyers, all highly competitive fields. Regardless of the seemingly difficult future ahead, however, Sweeney doesn’t regret choosing her major.
“The best part of being a [government] major is that you know that even though people are on both sides of the political spectrum, there’s always hope for the future, and everyone can come together to make a better world,” she said.
For students with enough passion, even the most trying majors can be rewarding.