5 Majors You’ve Never Considered

by Alisha Krishna

Okay, so it’s time for college applications and the only thing you really know for sure is that somehow you’re getting yourself to law school. You’ve run out of ways to search for “most common undergraduate degrees applying to Harvard” or “degrees with the highest acceptance rates” and somehow the thought of spending four years studying psychology or physics (yes, physics) just doesn’t sound appealing.

But, have you ever considered majoring in…

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  1. Ethical Hacking

When you go to sleep, you’re the kind of person who thinks of subroutines instead of sheep. You approach the law as a code, with parameters that need to be satisfied by whatever case your team is considering. In this major you can study both programming and the current laws concerning hacking, digital forensics and cryptography.

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2. Pop Culture

Maybe you realize that instead of reading the twenty pages for English, you’d rather watch a full season of Orange is the New Black. Or maybe you’re the person who always has a song for every possible situation. Whatever the case is, you’re deeply interested in not only understanding the allure of American Horror Story but in studying how a massive audience can get behind the same type of show, book, movie or album. You’re the type who’s interested in working as a lawyer for a media producer. You’re the type who could possibly want to support indie artists and creators. The point is that this major could help you to reconcile your full-time job watching Netflix and your obsession with the law.

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3. Auctioneering

You know as well as anyone that lawyers have to be quick on their feet, but also have to be able to sell and adapt their case with little-to-no warning. An auctioneering major will take courses concerning everything from economics, finance and management, to things like contracts and applicable sales law, public speaking and salesmanship. It’s almost certain that at some point in your life you’ve not only needed to use these skills, but found that you’re pretty great at them, too. After all, you’re in Empire.

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4. Comedy

You’re a shoe-in for class clown, your jokes always bring tears to people’s eyes, and you would love nothing more than to stand up every night and tell anecdotes to a room full of people you’ve never met. Unfortunately, you have no way to prepare for both your nights as a stand-up comedian and your days as a successful lawyer, until now. It may seem like a stretch, but comedy majors have a heavy focus on keeping an audience’s attention with improvisation, public speaking, skills that could be easily applied to the courtroom as well as a stage.

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5. Digital and Social Media

If this one interests you, it’s a safe guess that you’ve got a Facebook tab open in your browser and Instagram running on your phone with auto-sync set up so that every five seconds, you can check your Twitter feed. The evolution of the internet is extremely fascinating, and wonderfully applicable to possible fields of study after undergrad. Like the pop culture major, you’ll be looking at the intricacies of your favourite Vines and trying to explain the sudden rise in popularity of Minion wisdom on Facebook. You’ll also be well-versed in the way that digital and social media affects our generation, and will be better equipped to create relevant and helpful legal change in the future.

So, maybe after all this, English lit still seems like the safest, most attractive option.

Alright, not everyone can be an auctioneer. The most important thing is to do something that interests you, and not something you think will look good on a resume. You’ve probably heard it about a hundred times so far, but if you’re doing something you love you’ll do better in it, and a higher GPA looks better than being the thousandth student applying with as a psych major. Undergrad is the time to take a random course in film or astronomy or creative expression. Who knows, you might find that you enjoy something you never would have considered before.

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