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Have I chosen the correct major?

Selecting a major can be a difficult task. It involves learning about your interests, abilities and values. It also involves learning about careers. The trick is to choose a career that satisfies your needs. If you are having difficulty choosing a major or if you find the major you have chosen is not right for you, contact the Counseling Services office by calling (803) 822-3505 or (803) 738-7636 or by visiting their web site. Your advisor is also a good person with whom to discuss your choice of major and the advantages and disadvantages of the career path you are taking.

The items listed below provide some general guidance for choosing a major. They may at least help you decide if you are in the wrong major for what you want to accomplish.

I'm going to transfer to a four-year college and pursue a degree in Management. Should I enroll in a Management major at MTC?

In a word, no. If you were planning to transfer to a four-year college to obtain a Management degree, then you would want to be enrolled in our Associate in Arts program. The Associate in Arts program at MTC is designed for students transferring to a four-year institution to study majors such as: business, education, journalism etc.

If you are planning to complete the two-year Management program offered at MTC in order to gain employment skills then Management is the major for you.

I'm going to study Biology at USC. What should my major be at MTC?

To transfer into a science major at a four-year institution, you should be enrolled in the Associate in Science program at MTC. This program is designed for students wishing to complete their first two years of general education classes at MTC, then transfer to a four-year institution.

What exactly are the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs of study at MTC?

The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs have been designed so that students can complete their first two years of general education classes at MTC then transfer to a four-year college and declare a major. The benefits are numerous; class size is often smaller, students have two years to decide what their major will be at a four-year college and MTC offers plenty of parking and small campuses at central locations.

Some universities require specific general education classes for different majors. It is important for students enrolled in AA or AS programs at MTC, and who plan to transfer to a four-year college, to receive advisement assistance from their department. Transfer guides are provided to students by most four-year colleges upon request.

I want to be a nursing student. What should I choose as my major?

Students entering Midlands Technical College who wish to obtain a degree in Nursing are placed either in a Pre-Nursing certificate program or advised to contact the Nursing department based upon assessment test scores or prior college credit. The Pre-Nursing certificate program prepares students to be placed on a waiting list for either PNR Nursing or LPN Nursing.

Students, who wish to enter Allied Health programs at MTC such as Dental Assisting, are placed in the Pre-Health Care certificate program or advised to contact the respective departments based upon assessment test scores or prior college credit.

I want to work in an office. Should I enroll in Computer Technology?

The correct answer to this question lies in what you really want to do with your career. If you are interested in writing or de-bugging computer programs for most of your workday, then the Computer Technology program may be appropriate for you.

If your career goal is to work as an office assistant, you may want to consider the Office Technology program. That program teaches you how to use many of the software programs now used in office settings, and other aspects of working in today's office.

Do you still have concerns about your major? Contact the Counseling Services office by calling (803) 822-3505 or (803) 738-7636 or by visiting their web site.