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Which College Majors Lead Graduates to Their Parents’ Basements

ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,083 Senior Member
From an article in Time magazine, Agriculture and Engineering did well, while the Humanities and Liberal Arts did poorly.

http://time.com/4106297/college-degrees-parents-house/
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Replies to: Which College Majors Lead Graduates to Their Parents’ Basements

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 58,774 Senior Member
    "Philosophy and Religious Studies" also did well.

    "Criminal Justice and Fire Protection" did not do well.
  • ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,083 Senior Member
    edited November 2015
    Here is the list for percent of kids living at home at age 25. By 29, most of the majors are in the low teens.

    Agriculture 16
    Architecture 27
    Biology and Life Sciences 26
    Business 27
    Communications 26
    Computer and Information Sciences 22
    Criminal Justice and Fire Protection 35
    Education Administration and Teaching 26
    Engineering 17
    English Language, Literature, and Composition 26
    Environment and Natural Resources 20
    Family and Consumer Sciences 23
    Fine Arts 26
    History 30
    Interdisciplinary 25
    Liberal Arts and Humanities 37
    Linguistics and Foreign Languages 22
    Mathematics and Statistics 23
    Medical and Health Sciences and Services 26
    Philosophy and Religious Studies 22
    Physical Fitness 28
    Physical Sciences 23
    Psychology 29
    Public Affairs, Policy, and Social Work 26
    Social Sciences 26
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,033 Senior Member
    I find it strange that the number of Agriculture majors living at home is so low.

    I went to a university that had a College of Agriculture, and many of the students there who were majoring in actual agriculture (as opposed to other subjects like animal science, which mostly attracts pre-veterinary students) planned to return to their family farms to help manage them and eventually take them over when the older generation retired.

    Having a low percentage of these students living at home would suggest that their career plans fell through.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 20,514 Senior Member
    What kind of major is this: Liberal Arts and Humanities?
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,033 Senior Member
    I went to a similar school, and those I know that went back home built a house on the farm. Sure, they lived on the same property as their parents, but would never call it living at home.

    Thank you! I didn't think of it that way, but your explanation is probably correct.
  • FallGirlFallGirl Registered User Posts: 7,203 Senior Member
    As a parent of 2 liberal arts majors , I have no interest in whether other people's kids end up living at home or not.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 20,514 Senior Member
    My two kids went to liberal arts school. One majored in math and econ, and another in philosophy.
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,033 Senior Member
    Well, @oldfort, the curious thing about that list is that many majors that universities consider to be liberal arts -- like math, social sciences, and physical sciences -- are listed separately. I don't quite understand what's in this list's liberal arts and humanities category.
  • oldfortoldfort Registered User Posts: 20,514 Senior Member
    @Marian - my question exactly. Liberal arts and humanities is not a major.
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