You're at a friend's party. You're talking to someone who you just met for the first time. He tells you that he studied Political Science in college. You have some similarity with him. You say:
Oh really? I was an Architecture major, but I minored in Political Science.
The phrase "Oh really?" expresses a feeling of interest. Use it when someone tells you something new, unexpected, or interesting:
A: I'm thinking of buying a house.
B: Oh really?
Architecture is a field of work and study that deals with designing buildings. An architect creates plans, called blueprints, which tell workers how to build a building.
You should notice that:
- an architect is a person. "Architect" is a job title that people have.
- Architecture is a field. It's something that architects study.
In American universities, students choose a "major", which is the main subject that they study. Students usually have to take a few classes in a variety of different subjects: science, math, English, social sciences, etc. But most of their classes are within their major. So if you're an Architecture major, you might have to take 10-15 classes (which equals 30-45 "hours" in the American university system) on different Architecture-related topics.
You can say that you "are" or "were" a certain major:
I was an English Literature major.
You can also say that your major "is" or "was" something:
What's your major?
A "minor" is like a "major" in college, but it takes fewer classes to complete. It usually requires that you take about 5-6 classes in one subject.
You can use the words "major in" and "minor in" as verbs:
I majored in Art History.
I considered minoring in French, but I would have had to stay an extra semester to finish it up.
Because a college minor is not as important as a major, it's not as common to say that you "are" a (something) minor or that your minor "is" something. People usually use the verb form instead.
Political Science is a school subject and a field of study. It deals with ideas and theories about how politics works.
You should note that school subjects are capitalized:
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