7 majors for students who enjoy reading, writing and researching

7 majors for students who enjoy reading, writing and researching


STEM fields are important — there’s no doubt about that. But with STEM fields so highly promoted, it might seem hard for people who like reading and writing to find their niche in a less technical field.

However, there are more options available to students who love to write, research and read than you may think! Check out these several college majors that will allow you to read, write, research and be creative.

1. Sociology

Defined by the American Sociological Association, sociology is “the study of society” — a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups and societies. It’s the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes.

In Marymount University’s Sociology program, students focus their studies on addressing inequality and achieving justice in a world of diversity and difference. You’ll take courses such as Working for Justice, Working for Change, Social Justice and Addressing Injustice. The electives in our program explore aspects of diversity and inequality such as Gender Inequality in Global Perspective, Cultural Diversity, Topics in Human Rights and Global Inequality & Community Development.

2. Communication

As a Communication major, you will learn the art of rhetoric — or, how to write persuasively. You’ll dig into the art of language and learn how to construct messages that will leave people believing what you say. This skill is extremely valuable in politics, business, media and beyond!

Communication classes will teach you how to utilize the English language to its best effect in your writing. This will make you a competitive force in print media, persuasive literature and other text-based fields.

3. Psychology

Are you interested in learning about human behavior and studying why people behave the way they do? Earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology offers students the opportunity to do just that.

MU provides students with the opportunity to learn both inside and outside the classroom. Psychology majors do first-hand research with MU faculty and staff. They can then choose to publish and present their research at the annual Student Research Conference on campus.

4. Philosophy

MU’s Philosophy major invites students to inquire about human existence and the ethical behavior of the individual and society. Students have the opportunity to enter into internships at human service agencies, as well as federal government and congressional offices. MU’s Philosophy internships are offered right here in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as around the world.

Philosophy majors receive strong training in critical thinking and interpretation. Graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy lays the foundation for advanced degrees and careers in law, education, business and public policy.

5. History

Many History majors move on to law school or teaching. Others find satisfying careers in museums, business, information technology, nonprofit organizations, politics and public relations.

Emphasis on the development of critical thinking, research and writing skills — plus the internship — make Marymount History majors highly employable.

6. English

An English major provides students with a versatile preparation for the workplace and for advanced study. Their widely-applicable skills enable English majors to pursue careers and graduate work in a variety of fields including law, business, education, advertising, publishing, research, public relations, writing, web editing and marketing.

At Marymount, a Literature & Languages degree can be easily combined with a minor in another professional discipline such as Business, Psychology, Communication or History. Learn more about jobs and internships here.

7. Politics

The study of Politics encompasses the moral foundations and practical applications of law and justice, the dynamics of elections, the workings of the U.S. Congress and Presidency, the causes of international conflict and cooperation and the workings of governments, protests and social movements around the world.

Politics students at Marymount learn a wide variety of useful skills and have gone on to work for elected officials, on campaigns, in government offices and at think tanks in Washington and throughout the world.

Is Marymount University the home for you?

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