A Transportation Major in college, often found within logistics, supply chain management, or business programs, is a field of study that focuses on the planning, management, and operations of transporting people or goods. Students study the role and significance of transportation in society and business, learn the principles of efficient and effective transportation systems, and understand the interactions between transportation and other aspects of the economy.
Key topics and courses in a Transportation Major can include:
- Transportation and Supply Chain Management: This involves learning about the physical movement of goods across the supply chain, from suppliers to manufacturers to the final consumer.
- Transportation Planning and Policy: These courses might delve into the planning and development of transportation systems, the impact of transportation on the environment, and the regulations and policies that govern transportation.
- Transportation Engineering: This involves studying the design, operation, and management of transportation infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports, and seaports.
- Public Transit Systems: This focuses on public transportation methods such as buses, trams, and trains, and how to manage and improve them.
- Logistics and Operations Management: This teaches students how to manage and coordinate logistics operations including warehousing, inventory management, and order fulfillment.
- Freight and Cargo Management: This area studies the principles and methods involved in the transportation of goods, including shipment, handling, and storage.
- Transport Economics: Students will learn about the economic principles that underpin the transportation industry.
Students who graduate with a Transportation Major can go on to a variety of roles, including logistics manager, supply chain analyst, transportation planner, operations manager, traffic analyst, and more. They can work in a variety of sectors such as public transportation, shipping, logistics, airline, trucking, railway, and maritime industries.
There are a number of scholarships available specifically for students pursuing a career in transportation, logistics, or a related field. Here are a few examples:
- The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP): The DDETFP awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development.
- WTS Foundation Scholarships: Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Foundation provides scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation. They offer multiple scholarships, both for undergraduate and graduate students.
- The Reba Malone Scholarship: As mentioned in a previous entry, this scholarship is offered by the American Public Transportation Foundation and provides educational assistance to individuals in transit or transportation marketing/communications.
- Garland Duncan Scholarship: Sponsored by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), this scholarship is available to undergraduate students in the fields of transportation, logistics, or supply chain management.
- APICS Scholarships: The Association for Supply Chain Management (previously known as APICS) offers a range of scholarships for students studying supply chain, logistics, or transportation.
- National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) Scholarships: The NDTA offers a range of scholarships to support those pursuing careers in transportation, logistics, and passenger travel fields.
Remember that scholarship criteria, deadlines, and application processes can vary significantly. It's best to review each scholarship's website or contact the scholarship administrator for the most accurate and up-to-date information.