Choosing a major is a very stressful part of your freshman year, but in reality, you don't need to choose a major right away. It may seem like all the kids around you know what they want to do for the rest of their life, however, they are just as insecure with their choice. You don't have to declare until the end of your sophomore year. You need to take the time to look at the classes and requirements you need before officially selecting a major. Most importantly, you need to pick something that you love and that you see yourself doing. If you love theater, then don't be afraid to study it in school. If you want to be a marketer for a major corporation, then you better major in business. But having a degree in one thing doesn't have to limit you to that one thing forever. Say you like both business and theater, you can major in business and minor in theater. There are all kinds of options to explore. You can also use your basic studies to help you test the waters a little bit to help you decide what you like and what you don't. In the end, you'll find something you love to do and have a very successful life. Do not freak out if you do not know what you want your major to be in the first two years of college. It will come to you, take different classes, join organizations, explore, and you can find something you enjoy.

Majors Offered from the Cameron School of Business

  • Accounting- CSB's degree in accountancy meets the requirements of the State of North Carolina. Majors pursue careers in public accounting, industry, governmental and not-for-profit entities and positions requiring managerial and analytical skills. Accountants provide a range of services: auditing, tax assistance, financial planning, and managerial and technical assistance in non-accounting situations.
  • Economics- Students in economics may use it to enter into a variety of fields such as economics, law, business and health care. Our graduates can be found as small business owners, lawyers, financial analysts and traders from Wall Street to Main Street, bankers, international currency traders, Ph.D. economists, government officials, corporate executives, venture capital specialists and controllers
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development- Students are prepared for new venture creation and careers with existing businesses with an entrepreneurial focus. Students are challenged to pursue development of their own business ideas and opportunities or seek careers with emerging ventures as a form of apprenticeship prior to starting their own venture.
  • Finance- The program consists of three separate but related areas: business finance, investments and financial institutions. It prepares students for careers in corporate financial management, investments and securities business and management of banking and non-banking financial institutions. It addresses issues such as the best way to finance firm assets and how to form successful stock portfolios.
  • Human Resource Management- People are a company's greatest asset, and managers should take proactive steps to keep their workforce satisfied and motivated. The HR option equips students with the skills needed to maximize the efforts and productivity of human resources through recruitment and retention, organizational design, training and development, diversity, performance management and assessment.
  • Information Systems- IS graduates are in high demand in today's business world. Systems analysts, application and web development, software testing, end user support and systems consulting are a few of the jobs typically offered graduates. Students use technology to assist organizations to be more productive. IS grads are problem solvers. The program stresses a high component of hands-on skills and internships.
  • International Business- Opportunities in firms entering, or expanding into the growing global economy abound for students focusing in International Business. Businesses engaged in activities such as manufacturing, importing/exporting and transportation, seek graduates of this program. Students may take advantage of UNCW's worldwide affiliation to study abroad.
  • Management and Leadership- To be effective organizational leaders, managers need the capability to plan and implement strategies for success. Students are prepared for the competitive behavior in business organizations. Emphasis is placed on ethical decision making, global perspective, interpersonal capabilities, environmental analysis, business forecasting, leadership skills, goal setting and governance.
  • Marketing- Marketers determine consumer needs and translate those needs into products and services. Marketing is a career-oriented major that requires analytical abilities, logic, communication skills and creativity. Career opportunities include: professional selling, advertising, services marketing, retailing, hospitality, internet marketing, marketing research and healthcare marketing.
  • Operations Managements- Operations students will be analysts of business processes, design production systems, implement quality control systems, and possess the ability to communicate other managers and employees. Careers include: operations manager, production scheduler, quality control expert and inventory manager and as specialists in production, operations, and service organizations.

Life After Major Declaration

It is also important to become involved with organizations associated with your major after your declaration. These organizations provide advantageous networking opportunities that not only prepare you for your future career, but can in fact help you to communicate with future employers. Also look into internships for your major. These internships can help boost your knowledge of the field you are studying and look good on your resume. It can also lead to a full time job with the internship. Through this networking, the procurement of internships that can eventually lead to full time employment with said company can be acquired by interested students. Events that occur within these major organizations also help you network with fellow students; you can then find students in your classes to help with studying and collaborative projects.