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Is majoring in economics and poli sci worth it?

abindley01abindley01 Registered User Posts: 154 Junior Member
edited August 2010 in College Life
I can't decide whether or not I want to go to law school or get my mba. I realize that I could major in econ and do either one of those post-undergraduate tracks. But I really do enjoy politics and learning about the law. So, is it worth it to double major or should I just stick with economics?
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Replies to: Is majoring in economics and poli sci worth it?

  • Deker87Deker87 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    Are you a freshman? If you are, then you should should take classes in both economics and political science and tell the professors in each class your aspirations. They can be a great tool for choosing your major and guiding you in the right direction. You can also go to your academic ad-visor for help too.
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Registered User Posts: 4,590 Senior Member
    You could also just major in Poli Sci and either go to law school or get an MBA. You don't need an Econ degree to get an MBA.

    The difficulty of double majoring varies by school.
  • Whistleblower1Whistleblower1 - Posts: 633 Member
    The answer you're looking for is no.
  • theReachtheReach Registered User Posts: 1,653 Senior Member
    Explain why.
  • Whistleblower1Whistleblower1 - Posts: 633 Member
    I am above explaining why. But in short, learning about politics and economics is pointless. No one even capitalizes those majors.
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    Only you can decide if it's worth it. It is correct that you could do either one of those majors and do either one of those post-grad tracks, but if you want to study both you can study both. You also may have the option to major in one and minor in the other, or major in one and take your electives in the other. It just depends on your school and your level of interest. I think if I could double major that is the combination I'd pick-- I am doing political science, and adding an economics element to my education would really strengthen it.
  • PrecognitionPrecognition Registered User Posts: 150 Junior Member
    It seems to me that you have passion for political science but see economics as a better stepping stone.

    In that option choose the former.

    Being accepted into an MBA program really isn't dependent on your undergraduate degree, in fact a lot of MBA advisers suggest you apply to MBA schools with non-business related bachelors degrees. They teach you business skills anyways, so you should come with other skills you're preparing to promote.

    Who knows? Maybe with your knowledge in political science and an MBA degree you can start a political advisement firm or something similar.

    In short, do what you love.
  • aforautumnaforautumn Registered User Posts: 1,381 Senior Member
    econ/poly sci isn't as interesting a combination as most people think before they take one of each class. very very little of poly sci is science. a very large amount of economics is scientific or scientific in nature. its incredibly hard to take politics seriously if you're an econ major because of that difference, according to my own experience.

    political science has a ton of reading. economics has a ton of math. theres not much overlap, and the two tend to be fairly antagonizing as they currently exist...according to my experience.

    as an econ major who took an intro poly sci class his freshman year and heard a lot from his professor about it.
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    That's exactly what makes the combination interesting. You have the opportunity to talk about the same thing from two completely different angles, and it's really not possible to understand political science without an understanding of economics.
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Registered User Posts: 7,242 Senior Member
    i would say that as far as double majors go, a poli sci (or government) + econ combo is fairly common.

    if you like the classes in both, then major in both. if you find you don't like one as much, you can stop, or drop it to a minor.
  • aigiqinfaigiqinf Registered User Posts: 4,032 Senior Member
    No one's ever heard of Political Economy?
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