College is more popular than ever, with about 21 million students heading to class this year. There are hundreds of programs and majors available, but students often choose the same few majors over and over again.
According to USA Today, the following are the five most popular college majors in the U.S.
Nearly all of them are broad majors that give students many options upon graduating while at the same time teaching them critical skills necessary in the workforce. The good news? Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) offers ALL of them. Students can earn Associates Degrees and, in some cases, additional certificates. Even better, students can take advantage of the lower costs, increased personal attention, and easy transferability provided by EICC.
5 Teacher Education and Professional Development
Those who pursue a major in Teacher Education and Professional Development usually choose to concentrate on a specific level such as elementary, secondary, special education or adult education. These students are trained to be teachers and take classes in education theory and philosophy, child psychology and development, as well as classes related to the subject they have an interest in. Students can transfer their Associates Degree to a number of area colleges to pursue their teaching degree via a number of well-established articulation agreements.
Biology is a fascinating area of study that has long been a favorite for college students. This major allows students to study the building blocks of life as they take classes in biochemistry, evolution, genetics, microbiology, plant anatomy and zoology. Biology is an excellent major to prepare graduates for advanced study. Many biology majors end up achieving a master’s or Ph.D. in order to become medical doctors, physician’s assistants, veterinarians, educators or researchers. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges offer students the opportunity to begin their education in this challenging field with better student-to-faculty ratios and highly advanced lab facilities.
Many students flock to a nursing major as it prepares students for a practical and in-demand career. Students are able to learn about fascinating topics in human health and medicine as well as prepare for a job in which they can have direct influence on others by caring for their health and physical needs. This area of study involves many classes in science, anatomy, and public health, as well as a certain amount of hours spent gaining first-hand experience in the field. Eastern Iowa Community Colleges has educated more RNs in our local communities than any other college or university in the area.
Psychology involves the scientific study of the human mind, as well as human behavior. Students take classes in subjects like personality, learning, cognition, behavior, development, abnormal psychology and more. This is another broad major that can be a foundation for many careers as well as further areas of study. Those who desire to become a licensed counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist will need to pursue advanced degrees. Students can begin their journey toward those advanced degrees in an environment that provides a diversity of students from all backgrounds and ethnicities, and with class sizes that promote discussion and interaction.
1 Business Administration and Management
Thousands of students enroll as business majors every year in order to learn how to effectively run and manage a business. Students take classes in business administration, purchasing and logistics, marketing, accounting, finance and human resources. Their coursework also helps them to develop crucial skills such as decision making, leadership and management. A major in business prepares graduates for a variety of different careers in management, marketing, sales, advertising, financial analysis or entrepreneurship. At EICC, you have the option of immediately applying what you learn in the workplace or transferring to another college or university to pursue a Bachelors Degree.