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He probably thinks that many of them just do that if they don't get in the business school or that they pursue it because Emory is not known to have a particularly rigorous econ. program. In such a case, since it is a social science that may have better than normal post-grad prospects, many people that want a more or less "challenge-free" experience may pursue it (whereas other social sciences may be pursued out of pure interest or some association with professional school prospects. Such as history and political science with law school). Typically, the better (or more bright) economics majors are double majors (often something like math/econ. joint major and something else). It's often suspicious when you see students at Emory singly majoring in economics.
Well among who is Emory ONLY known for those things? Perhaps, people purely interested in being at a top 20 would only have those three ring a bell (because they are looking at things from a very superficial point of view not doing their research. Fortunately, this is basically now required among applicants). However, Emory (for those who actually care) is actually known for a myriad of other things at the undergraduate level and unfortunately economics (nor math, physics, and CS) isn't one of them. English, history, chemistry, biology, neuroscience, psychology, religion, African American Studies, sociology, things of that nature. For example, I would have easily just enrolled at Georgia Tech if it weren't for the other strengths, regardless of it being 35 and Emory 20. I hate the way this sounds, but I would agree with him that most economics (when a singular major) majors are not the least "squeamish" or most fearless of majors. In fact, because of the softness of our department, I think the threshold to join their honors society is unusually high for a social science department with a heavy quantitative emphasis (I think political science, for example, may have a lower threshold because it's the opposite. It's surprisingly rigorous vs. what a student generally expects from a non-quantitative social science major. I've taken some of the courses myself, and am quite impressed. I think the psychology major at Emory is also much more intense than psychology majors at other, even, comparable peer institutions). However, again, for single econ. majors at Emory, I have to unfortunately agree.
BTW, aluminum is certainly not that way in person . Sometimes what appears harsh in words on this forum, is not as harsh when you can actually look at Emory and see what it's actual strengths and weaknesses are. As far as I'm concerned, I find the pre-prof. strength stereotype to be kind of untrue based upon my observations. I believe that pre-law is excellent (but not because we have a solid law school, but because the majors that most pre-laws pursue at Emory are really good), pre-med is not great (though, if you're not pre-med, the science instruction is great because you don't have to constantly take mickey mouse science courses and instructors), and BBA is primarily good for job placement (which is I guess what it's made for) and not really the stimulating academic environment that you can find elsewhere in the college. Again, this is based upon my experiences and observations. And Aluminum's experiences inform his opinions regardless of how crass they come off. I can be very harsh on Emory too, but it's because I know it can be better in areas that it only pretends to be good at, and can make the areas that actually are excellent shine a bit more than they are now. Based upon where I see the richest academic experiences coming from, Emory should not be overly known for the pre-professions, but more so for the liberal arts that could indeed assist in the pursuit of the pre-professions. The strong liberal arts departments (of which there are many) are far under marketed.
Let's not kid ourselves now. Chances are, when you ask people what their majors are, they will answer either, they are pre Med, pre Law, or BBA
No offense to him but the way he put it (and from reading his previous posts in other threads) made him sound like he is self centered, pompous, elitist, and arrogant whose first choice was not even Emory (correct me if I'm wrong but he's a math major when Emory is really only known for Goizueta, Law, and Medical School) and the only reason he "chose" Emory was because it's the only top 20 school that accepted him.