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Putting Rollins’ major myths to rest

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Not all English majors are grammar Nazis, and not all communication majors study Instagram and Facebook.

Throughout the different disciplinary studies available at Rollins, it seems that no matter what major a student chooses, they will always be haunted by stereotypes and myths associated with their major.

Now that the semester is coming to a close, some students may be looking to declare a major or change paths completely. In fact, at least 80 percent of college students change their majors at least once. On average, students change their majors approximately three times. 

One should not let stereotypes affect one’s field of study. With that being said, it is time to debunk the many myths surrounding certain majors and uncover what these areas of study are all about.

Myth #1:

Communication majors only study social media.

Though social media plays a role in communication studies, there is much more to it. In fact, there is a wide variety of studies covered, including but not limited to research methods, writing, presentation skills, business tools, and the art of trust and persuasion.

Any Communications major can tell you that this degree teaches many life skills and how to think beyond the surface level. This major allows students to grow on a personal level as well as in their career goals. Whether a student wants to work for a PR firm, a fashion house, a non-profit, or a law office, anything is possible with this degree.

Myth #2:

Being an English major is useless.

English is another field that receives a lot of flack, but those with English majors or minors have an important asset. Every field across America requires the proper use of English.

In writing, editing, proofreading, or publishing, having a well-structured background in English is a tool that many need but do not have. Besides publishing and Elementary and English education, few truly know the core of the English language and how to manipulate it, a necessary skill in the job market.

Myth #3:

Gender studies is all about women.

The Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies minor, also known as SWAG, tends to be criticized for having a narrow focus. Just as women are undermined in many jokes, this major has been made fun of for studying “women.” However, this is not the case.

In particular, this major is valuable for those who wish to pursue a career in social justice.

Erin McCuster’19 believes that this field of study has made her a stronger writer and an even stronger critical thinker. She stated, “Most people find it a waste of time, they think all we do is complain about men and gender imbalances.”

She believes that although a part of the major identifies gender imbalances, it is more accurately about finding solutions, looking at people differently, and diving into all its intricacies. She stated, “It’s looking at all areas of society such as race, disability, and sexuality as well as how men are limited by our American culture, so really, it’s a lot of things.”

Myth #4:

You will never find a job with a sociology degree.

Many try to claim sociology does not provide a clear career path outside of academia. However, it actually has a lot to offer.

Megan Fernandez ’20 explained, “A lot of people confuse psychology with sociology, but it’s not the same.” While psychology is the study of the brain’s processes and their effects on a person’s behavior, sociology is the study of human society.

She continued, “There’s so much direct information that you can apply to real life; that’s the best part.”

In Spring 2018, some sociology courses offered include Social Movements taught by Dr. Nichter and Sexualities by Dr. McClure.

Though some majors do not have a clear path for after graduation, they are still useful in the workplace and develop important skills in students. Whether a student is looking for personal growth or career-related skills, many departments at Rollins offer majors that fulfill both needs..

Therefore, consider stepping outside of your comfort zone and experimenting with another major. You may have your heart set on business, but maybe if you try a SWAG course you will discover a newfound love for social justice. Regardless, Rollins’ diversity of major choices is sure to help you find a job after college.

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