Choose the correct fields of study that suits you

Posted on October 7, 2015 · Posted in Blog, General, Personal

Whether you’re into cooking food, designing buildings, crunching numbers, playing sport or anything else really, you’ll find a relevant course in one of the many fields of study available at any university or private institutions.

A field of study is a group of related disciplines, skills and areas of interest. For example, the ‘arts’ field includes film studies, foreign languages and cultures, English literature, anthropology, history, visual arts, performance, philosophy and political studies.

Universities usually separate different fields of study into sections called faculties or departments (or sometimes ‘schools’) made up of related courses. Within these faculties or departments, a number of general and more specialised courses are offered. Different institutions may group subjects and courses differently or call fields of study by different names. So ‘arts’ may also be known as ‘the humanities’ (since it is concerned with the study of human culture). Or one uni may have a ‘faculty of health studies’ and another groups the same kind of courses in the ‘school of health and biological sciences’.

Your area of interest or career goal may fit into one faculty or department, but you may also find that you’re interested in several different fields of study. If that’s the case, there are ways of bringing courses together.

Choosing the right field of study

If the courses and subjects on offer fit with your interests and they sound as if they will prepare you for the career you want, then you’ll have chosen correctly.

Fields of study at university

At university, fields of study are grouped more broadly, according to overall disciplines rather than by industries.

Major studies

At a university level you are expected to specialise in one specific area. The idea is that you ground yourself with a broad knowledge of your chosen field by completing ‘core’ subjects. Then you add specialised in-depth subjects that teach you skills and knowledge that you may need in the career you wish to pursue. These specialised areas are called ‘majors’.

Majors exist in most fields of study. They may also be called major studies or specialisations. In order to complete a major you need to study a specified number of subjects from one discipline throughout your degree course. For example, for a Bachelor of Communications, you may decide to major in journalism. This means that to complete the degree, you have to study the ‘core’ communications subjects and as well certain ‘journalism’ subjects, such as media ethics and online reporting.

Minor studies

You can add ‘minor’ studies to your degree. Some institutions refer to minor studies as ‘sub-majors’. To use the same example, for a Bachelor of Communications with a major in journalism, you can minor in another area such as advertising. So, as well as the core subjects and the specialised journalism courses you are doing for your major, you add some advertising subjects – advertising creative and advertising strategy, for example – but less of these subjects are required than for your major.

What about more than one field of study?

You may be able to complete minor studies in a field that is different to your main degree – but what you can study as a minor will depend on the university. For example, Mazidah was studying for a Bachelor of Computer Science and was also interested in accounting, so she completed a minor in accounting. At Mazidah’s university, if she had been doing a Bachelor of Environmental Science, she couldn’t have done the minor in accounting.

It’s also possible to study two different fields in equal depth – in other words, two majors. Double degrees are a combination of two different fields and usually take longer than single degrees. They can prepare students for a wider range of roles – for example, a Bachelor of Engineering combined with a Bachelor of Commerce might prepare you to manage the business side and understand the technical needs of a large engineering project.Natural memory enhancer