Choosing Your Major

Menlo is in the business of developing leaders. We do that through every major – with a combination of liberal arts and business courses reinforced by powerful internship experiences. Choosing the best major for you will put you on the right path to success at Menlo – and in your career.

How to Choose

Choosing a specific major is a big decision, and – let’s face it – you might be worried about making the right choice. Let us help. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Take your time.

You don’t have to know your major on day 1 of college. If you do, fine, but if you change your mind, that’s fine, too. You have a year and a half or so to explore.

By their junior or senior year, our students develop a passion for what they want to study.— Mark Hager,  Associate Professor of Psychology

Think about who you are.

Pay attention to yourself as you go about your daily life, in classes, in extracurricular activities and among friends. Are you a problem solver? A list maker? Do you like planning events? Writing? Knowing what to do and doing it? Figuring out what to do as you go along? What challenges you? What motivates you?

Talk and listen …

  • to other students, especially upperclassmen. Find out what kind of process they used to choose their majors.
  • to Career Services. They can help you explore your interests and career goals to determine what majors will be the best fit.
  • to professors. If you enjoy a subject, go to your professor and say so. Faculty will walk you through resources, such as professional organizations’ websites, that show possible career tracks. They will work alongside the Career Services Center to provide guidance. Ask professors why they chose their areas of study. They’ve worked in the field, so ask what that’s like.
  • to alumni and other professionals in a field you’re considering – your faculty will help you find them. What is their daily routine – or do they have a routine? What do they spend most of their time doing? What do they like about their jobs? Are there any downsides? You may be surprised by the different kinds of work people who majored in the same subject are doing.
  • to professionals on the campus of our business school. A university is a business, too, so the person who helps you register for classes or apply for financial aid could also be a resource when you’re considering a major.

Our Fields of Study

At Menlo we focus on business education with a strong liberal-arts base. Every undergraduate student of our top ranked business school completes a strong liberal-arts based general education curriculum, an appropriate core curriculum covering the basics of their discipline, and advanced courses comprising their major area of specialization. We offer the following majors.

Accounting

Track and analyze the financial performance of organizations and provide managers with crucial information for decision making. Visit Accounting.

Entrepreneurship

Hewlett-Packard, Google, Yahoo, Intel and eBay all got their start in Silicon Valley. Learn how to transform your ideas into successful start-ups. Visit Entrepreneurship.

Finance

Prepare for career opportunities in venture capital, corporate finance, banking, consulting or the financial markets. Visit Finance.

Human Resources Management

HR managers are responsible for the hiring, training and compensation of an organization’s employees. Visit Human Resources Management.

Individually Designed Major

A combination of classes just for you. Contact Academic Affairs for more information about individually designed majors.

International Management

Study globalization and the rise of the market economy, two of the radical shifts in the world today. Visit International Management.

Management

Every business needs management. Visit Management.

Management Information Systems

The pace of technology innovation leaves most organizations wondering how to use systems effectively. That’s where MIS comes in. Visit Management Information Systems.

Marketing

Marketers help an organization focus on the 4 Ps – Product, Price, Place and Promotion. Visit Marketing.

Marketing Communications

A combination of management, marketing and communications courses prepares students to be account executives, advertising managers, financial marketers or media planners. Visit Marketing Communications.

Psychology

The study of the human soul, mind and behavior is applicable both in business and in human services. Visit Psychology.

Real Estate

Focus on land development, commercial brokerage, mortgage lending, property management and more. Visit Real Estate.

Sports Management

Prepare for internal positions in sports organizations, public marketing, radio/TV and events management. Visit Sports Management.