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The Major Guide to University Majors

This is what it looks like to judgemental acquaintances

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the guide given below takes into account the lack of subject diversity in Bangladeshi universities (take it up with the education board, don't come for me please) and thus only includes the most popular subject choices for university. Cheers!


A concise and highly-exclusive guide to understanding how your self worth is directly proportional to the market value of your university major of choice, because that random uncle at a family event said so.


Always be wary of science students, comparing their majors to yours for no reason is one of their favourite hobbies.

Finance and Accounting: Understand that most people will only acknowledge the "BBA" you add before introducing the major. You are most likely to be considered smart and ambitious.

Marketing and International Business: The "BBA" before the major will once again stand out like an Oreo in a sea of toast biskoot. You will however face questions like "So this is international law or what?".

Management: You don't need me to tell you that the "BBA" will once again be acknowledged first. However, further description of your major such as "HR Management" might earn you the tag of "basic".


Steer clear of commerce students, you will always feel underdressed if not undermined.

Engineering: If university majors could collectively be considered the equivalent of well-cooked kacchi biriyani, in our South Asian subcontinent, this is the gem: the proverbial kacchi er aloo. You will be hailed as a hard worker, unless you're a woman, because then you'll just be headstrong. Majors such as CSE however, might be met with indifference.

Architecture: It doesn't matter how hard you try to explain your major, all everyone might understand is "interior designer". But you'll be considered brave for taking on such a difficult major, unless you're a woman because architecture is apparently "not a woman's field".

Pharmaceutical Sciences: The first cousin of "didn't get into med school", you will be addressed henceforth as the "future medicine counter assistant".

Environmental Studies: This branch of science is rather obscure to most people still, you just might end up being an enigma in terms of major.

Medicine: You'll be expected to not have a life whatsoever, and might end up being considered as the biggest nerd in the room.

Life Sciences: The second cousin of "didn't get into med school", you'll be met with a lot of disapproval, most of which will be centered around the supposed lack of jobs for majors such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, etc.


Remember to avoid crossing paths with students in science and students in commerce, they consider you their punching bag.

Literature: Welcome to the world of tags such as "teacher-like attitude" and "unambitious". Baseless judgement will never not fail to completely unacknowledge the developmental potential of your major.

Media and Communications: Congratulations, in the eyes of condescending people, your major of choice is essentially the elachi in biriyani. Your major's appeal won't be fully recognised and confused people will end up dismissing you as carefree.

Social Sciences: Economics might get you a lot of wows but the same can't be said about Political Science, International Relations, Psychology, etc.

Law: If you're a woman, you're in "the wrong subject for women in this country" and if you're a man, you'll be assumed to have a lot of "political clout".

So, to quickly recap, FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS.

You must understand that the people passing all these judgments have nothing constructive to say and ultimately have nothing to do with your life. Stay calm, clear your mind of doubts. May the winds of fortune bless the path you choose to embark upon.

Rasha Jameel is an overzealous Ravenclaw who often draws inspiration from mundane things such as memes. Send her your memespirational thoughts at

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