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Deciding on the right major course of study in college can be confusing because it's not always clear what skills are required for success. The following breakdown of majors according to the dominant intellectual skill required is offered as a brief representative sample to help you to interpret your multiple intelligence profile. Keep in mind that no class requires skill in only one area, in fact, the more forms of intelligence you bring to class projects and studying will enhance your overall performance. Many majors require a combination of two or more intelligences but will emphasize one over another.
Your two highest MI scale scores may guide you into an area where your chances for success will be the greatest.


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Musical / Kinesthetic / Linguistic / Spatial / Logic-Math / Interpersonal / Intrapersonal / Natural


Linguistic.............................................................................................................................
Most college majors require considerable skill in reading and writing. Some courses will emphasize public speaking and interpersonal communication while others will not. The following majors put particular emphasis on Linguistic ability and involve extensive reading and good writing skills.
‑ Literature
‑ Journalism
‑ Education
‑ Theology
- Creative Writing
‑ Library Science
- Mass communication
- Law
‑ Philosophy
‑ Foreign Languages
‑ Sociology
- History / World Cultures

These major areas of study put interpersonal communication and public speaking at a premium.
‑ Mass communication
‑ Teaching
‑ Public Relations
‑ Speech pathology
‑ Business Management
‑ Ministry


Logical‑Mathematical........................................................................................................
Most college course work requires considerable skill in logical thinking and analysis / synthesis of ideas. While advanced math skills are not always demanded in individual classes, certain programs of study require the successful completion of math classes. The following areas require well‑developed skill in mathematics, complex problem‑solving and analytical reasoning.

‑ Computer Science
‑ Economics
‑ Engineering
‑ Medicine
‑ Philosophy
‑ Mathematics
‑ Chemistry
- Physics
‑ Sciences
‑ Accounting

Spatial...................................................................................................................................
Skill in Spatial visualization is important in some areas of study while not in others. It can probably be used to increase your performance in just about any class, but the following majors place particular emphasis upon it.

‑ Visual Arts
‑ Fashion Design
‑ Geography
‑ Photography
‑ Architecture
‑ Sciences
‑ Advertising
‑ Urban Planning
‑ Environmental Design
‑ Engineering
‑ Aviation
‑ Graphic Design

Kinesthetic...........................................................................................................................
Most academic college majors do not require skill in physical ability but the following areas do.
‑ Dance
‑ Recreation
- Leisure Studies
‑ Athletics
‑ Physical Therapy
‑ Drama
‑ Fitness
‑ Physical Education
‑ Health Sciences
- Dance Therapy

Musical.................................................................................................................................
Most college majors do not require musical ability except for the following where it is of obvious importance.
‑ Orchestration
‑ Choral
‑ Music Theory
‑ Band
‑ Conducting
‑ Voice
‑ Musical Theater

Interpersonal..........................................................................................................................
Interpersonal intelligence can enhance successful class performance in many ways but many academic majors do not require advanced skills. The following areas require higher than average interpersonal understanding and effectiveness.
‑ Teacher Education
‑ Business Management
‑ Ministry
‑ Speech Pathology
‑ Child Development
‑ Counseling Psychology
‑ Human Services
‑ Nursing
‑ Criminal Justice
‑ Marketing & Sales
‑ Public Relations
‑ Drama

Intrapersonal..........................................................................................................................
Intrapersonal intelligence can facilitate success in almost any endeavor but for many activities great skill is not essential. It is important however to those activities that require introspection, expressing your own opinions and describing your personal experience.
‑ Creative Writing
‑ Philosophy & Theology
‑ Psychology
‑ Leadership & Teaching
- Aviation

Naturalist................................................................................................................................
Naturalist intelligence is especially important for study in the sciences where the goal is to describe, understand and interact effectively with the natural world and living things.
‑ Biological science
- Geology
- Environmental Studies
- Zoology
- Physical science
- Human Biology
- Organic Chemistry
- Meteorology
- Animal Behavior
- Medicine
- Agriculture
- Forestry
‑ History / World Cultures