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Choosing a major in college is easier said than done, especially when you’re not sure what you’re getting yourself into. Luckily, Her Campus has you covered! Here’s what these popular college majors should really be called.

1. Engineering

Also known as: Nerd now, millionaire later.

You may be the only girl in your class, but at least you won’t have to worry about meeting guys.

2. Nursing

Also known as: Learning how to save lives while rocking a pair of scrubs.

There’s nothing that fazes us. Nothing.

3. Fashion Merchandising

Also known as: Constantly telling people that you’re not studying to become a fashion designer.

Online shopping during class counts as studying, right?

4. English

Also known as: “I’m not sure how being able to analyze obscure literary works will help me get a job in the real world, but I’m an essay-writing pro.”

And no, I don’t want to be a teacher.

5. Political Science

Also known as: Being able to turn anything into a debate.

If you post ignorant political statuses on Facebook, I. Will. Block. You.

6. Business

Also known as: Getting weird looks when you wear a suit to class.

Cause of death: too many group presentations.

7. Pre-Med

Also known as: Sleep? What’s sleep?

There’s a 75 percent chance that you’ll change your major after two years.

8. Computer Science

Also known as: The future Mark Zuckerbergs (or Apple Geniuses) of America who make computer-lingo jokes that nobody else understands.

These guys know how to take Facebook stalking to a whole new level.

9. Communications

Also known as: What you major in when you’re not sure what else to major in.

I can use my communications degree to explain to you how my classes about media and society will help me find a job (probably). 

10. Psychology

Also known as: Unless you want to go to grad school, don’t even think about it.

Please don’t ask me to analyze you.  

11. Chemistry

Also known as: I’m only majoring in this because of Breaking Bad.

So when do we get to, like, blow stuff up?

12. Marketing

Also known as: The major you switch to after you drop accounting.

Mastering the art of getting people to buy things they don’t need.

13. Education

Also known as: Discovering how similar the life of a broke college student is to the life of a teacher.

You know what they say: those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym (or high school health class). At least, that’s what Jack Black says.

14. Journalism

Also known as: Constantly playing phone tag with sources and fending off questions about finding a job after college.

Welcome to the internship Hunger Games.

15. Accounting

Also known as: Who knew elementary math could be so hard?

If you need someone to calculate the tip, I’m your girl.

16. Foreign Language

Also known as: Telling people about your life-changing study abroad experience.

Because even unemployment sounds better in another language, n’est-ce pas?


What’s the truth behind your major? Let us know in the comments below!

Kelsey is a junior at The Ohio State University where she majors in Journalism. She serves as an Editorial Intern and Contributing Writer for Her Campus, and also writes for U lala. Her hobbies include loitering in cafés, watching '80s movies, and obsessing over British boys with perfect hair. After graduation, Kelsey hopes to work for a fashion magazine or lifestyle publication. You can follow Kelsey on Twitter (@kelseypomeroy) and Instagram (@kelseypomeroy).
Cassidy is a Digital Production intern at Her Campus. She's currently a junior studying journalism at Emerson College. Cassidy also is a freelance reporter at the Napa Valley Register and a staff writer at Her Campus Emerson. Previously she blogged for Seventeen Magazine at the London 2012 Olympics, wrote for Huffington Post as a teen blogger and was a Team Advisor at the National Student Leadership Conference on Journalism, Film, & Media Arts at University of California, Berkeley and American University in Washington, D.C.. When she's not uploading content to Her Campus or working on her next article, Cassidy can be found planning her next adventure or perfecting her next Instagram. Follow her on Twitter at @cassidyyjayne and @cassidyjhopkins.