STEM majors prove especially profitable for minority students

For college freshmen and sophomores, August means plenty of shopping for dorm room decor and overpriced textbooks. Juniors, however, have a much more crucial task at hand — choosing a major, the Huffington Post reports.  And with studies showing that college degrees still hold their value, despite the economic downturn, choosing a major that yields the right post-graduate rewards is more important than ever. According to a study published in the June issue of Research in Higher Education, majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) proves to be the most profitable for minority students, whether they actually pursue the STEM field professionally or not. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, followed more than 1,000 Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino and black students over a period of nine years in an effort to determine the profitability of STEM degrees and help bridge the gap of minorities in those fields…

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