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College Q&A: Accounting tops list of most frequently selected UHV undergraduate majors

By By Jeremy Shapiro
July 19, 2014 at 2:19 a.m.


My teenage daughter recently read an article about what college degrees are most popular nationwide. She was wondering whether many of those same degrees are popular here. What majors are most often chosen by University of Houston-Victoria undergraduate students?

With nearly 65 majors and concentrations to choose from, students attending the University of Houston-Victoria have plenty of choices for what to study. And with several new programs and concentrations coming onboard this fall, the distribution of majors likely will again get wider.

For undergraduates, nine different majors had at least 100 students during the 2013-14 school year. Two majors topped the 300-student mark.

The most often chosen major was a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. There were 365 students enrolled in that program.

Danny Chiang, a UHV accounting assistant professor, said one aspect of accounting's popularity is there are usually ample job prospects for degree holders. Another advantage is it opens up other opportunities in the business world.

"Students realize that getting an accounting degree does not mean they have to be a certified public accountant forever," Chiang said. "Oftentimes, accounting leads to advancement as a CEO or CFO. More than 50 percent of CEOs have accounting backgrounds. The popularity in the degree is in large part due to the doors an accounting degree opens."

Closely behind accounting was interdisciplinary studies, with 344 students. Undergraduates in the UHV School of Education and Human Development pick interdisciplinary studies to prepare to become educators.

Psychology is the most popular major in the UHV School of Arts and Sciences and was third overall in 2013-14. Next on the frequent majors list are BBA degrees with concentrations in management or general business. The subsequent four most commonly chosen majors were Arts and Science degrees in biology, criminal justice, computer science and applied arts and sciences.

Computer science is rocketing in popularity. In 2010-11, 53 students majored in it. The number almost tripled to 154 in 2013-14. Criminal justice majors are up 58 percent at UHV since 2010-11 while the number of biology majors increased to 53 percent.

The list of most selected UHV majors is in line with what is studied across the country. Psychology, education and various business degrees are cornerstones on many top 10 most popular lists. Meanwhile, digital gaming is considered one the most rapidly growing majors.

That's the case at UHV as well, where digital gaming is a concentration in UHV's computer science bachelor's degree.

"When reviewing existing undergraduates programs and when considering new ones, we take into account what career fields are most compelling for students today," said Jeffrey Cass, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs. "I think we do a strong job catering to the interests of the students we serve."

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4296 or shapiroj@uhv.edu.

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