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UTA Major Alternative Suggestions within The College of Liberal Arts
Students often come into UTA with a major chosen and it does not always work out. Whether it is not the right fit, or they are struggling with specific classes (such as math), they come to an advisor seeking alternate options. Below is a list of alternative majors that you can suggest to students looking for an option that harnesses their strengths while pursuing their passions.
Architecture --> Art (Visual Communication Design)
COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Maybe the student is interested in the Creative Design Aspects of the program but lacking the math skills that are required in The College of Architecture. Suggesting Art or Visual Communication Design can be a great option, especially for those that are creative and have skills such as drawing.
Business --> Advertising
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS (ADVT)
The Department of Communication is a diverse department that gives students the skills to go into various industries. Often students interested in Marketing don’t realize how Numbers/Math heavy the degree is. When asked what they want to do as a career they usually feel they are creative and interested in branding and advertising. If a student is interested in Marketing but is much better with words than they are with numbers, encourage them to research Advertising or even Public Relations rather than Marketing.
Business --> Communication
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS (COMM)
Other transitions that may make sense for business students include the following:
Management or Human Resources or Communication Studies
Communication Studies is a diverse major that allows students to pursue various professions. Human Resources is a common path for those in the Communication Studies major.
Computer Science --> Communication Technology
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Nursing or Kinesiology --> Disability Studies Minor / Medical Humanities Certificate
COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH INNOVATION
While the College of Liberal Arts cannot help students pursue a career substitute for nursing, that doesn’t mean we don’t offer great minors and certificate programs for those interested in working in the healthcare field, even if they are not admitted to the nursing program. Of course, nurses and doctors are essential, but we also need people to advocate for patient rights and to staff disability services. Healthcare administration is another great way to stay within the healthcare field without the medical background.
Forensic Biology --> Criminology & Criminal Justice / Forensic Science Minor
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Forensic Science has seen a growing interest over the past few years and it is great that UTA has several options for students with interests in the field. A lot of student’s express interest in studying forensics but it is important that they understand what each degree plan offers. For those who love science and want to study forensic evidence in a lab as a career then biology is the way to go! For others who struggle with science and would prefer to be studying and collecting evidence straight from a crime scene then they should be studying Criminology and Criminal Justice!
The Forensic Science minor within CRCJ is a great fit for both CRCJ students and Biology students.