5 majors to explore if you identify as extroverted

Have you considered which academic program both fits your goals and suits your learning style and personality? If you consider yourself more of an extrovert, for example, you might prefer classes that allow you to learn in the field, interact with classmates regularly, and work in groups for projects. In any major, you’ll likely get a combination of many types of learning and coursework, but there are some majors that might lean a bit more toward the extroverted learner. Here are some you might want to consider.

#1. Psychology

students have lively discussion over a work table, professor observes

Like nearly all of our majors, the Psychology major is a diverse one that offers options for both extroverts and introverts. However, if you’re an extrovert who considers yourself a “people person” and you love connecting with others, psychology might be for you. In the major, you’ll get to choose from five concentrations, depending on your interests and career goals: addictions counseling, general psych, clinical/counseling, industrial/organizational, or mind, brain and behavior. No matter which area you choose to focus in, you’ll spend time exploring the way people think, feel, and respond to the world through a scientific lens. You’ll have opportunities to intern in various field settings and work with people and in groups extensively.

#2. Business Administration

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Were you the kid whose lemonade stand sold out every summer? Do you love networking? Do you thrive when you’re presenting to class or leading a group project? Maybe you’ve always been stellar at sales or fascinated with the numbers and data behind them. There are so many opportunities for extroverts in the Business Administration major, including marketing, real estate, human resources, international business, and beyond. With 10 concentrations, extroverts and introverts alike will be able to find their niche here. No matter which path you take, the major allows you to explore your interests, connects you with others in the field, and encourages learning beyond the classroom.

#3. Theatre

a group of theatre students mid-song, performing

Were you the extrovert kid doing “shows” for your family after dinner? Maybe you just got lost in the magic of movies and stories, and spent your summers running around the backyard-turned-faraway-kingdom playing the hero. Perhaps, then, the Theatre major is for you. If you’re the extrovert who is a born entertainer, theatre can help you hone your acting skills, along with exploring set design, makeup, and staging. The major is a fast-paced, high-energy learning experience with three concentrations that will keep you on your feet and prepare you for a variety of careers, from performing to teaching the arts, to working tech, and more.

#4. Human Development and Family Studies

Teaching students run an elementary classroom

You’ve never been bothered by a big, crazy family dinner. Maybe you grew up playing teacher, or imagining yourself in your very own classroom. Maybe you love taking care of people, either with their physical health and wellbeing, or wellness from a social/family perspective. The Human Development and Family Studies major is perfect for a wide range of extroverts — from those who want to teach to those who want to work in the medical/therapy fields to those who love to study and help families and individuals thrive in society. You’ll be able to choose from five concentrations, with options like early childhood education, leadership, and prevention/intervention sciences. No matter which way you go, you’re sure to find a profession that allows for ample people time in a job that makes the world a better, more-cared-for place.

#5. Natural Resource Tourism

students hike through the Rocky Mountains

Extroverts who love to discover the best outdoor spots (and then take people along for the beautiful ride) will find a home in the Natural Resources Tourism major, a program that could easily suit extroverts and introverts alike with its get-outside curriculum, science-based background, and mind for preservation and exploration. You’ll get to choose from two concentrations: general natural resource tourism and global natural resource tourism, each allowing a ride range of interests and career options that include tour guide, researcher, tourism management, social science, and beyond.

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Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.