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Double Majors

tenisghstenisghs Registered User Posts: 3,955 Senior Member
edited January 2005 in Graduate School
How do graduate schools view double majors?

Is it better to double major in two opposite fields (english + physics) than two similar fields (history + political science) ?
Someone told me that majoring in two similar fields is a waste of time.
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Replies to: Double Majors

  • KnavishKnavish Registered User Posts: 835 Member
    I'm wondering this too..

    Is aerospace/physics a waste?
  • mol10emol10e Registered User Posts: 445 Member
    It depends upon your focus in graduate school. If you double in psychology and mathematics some psychology programs might value that because of the need for statistical expertise in psychological research. I'm not sure that graduate math programs would value psychology over another major like English in terms of admission decisions. Most grad programs are looking at your undergraduate preparation for their field of study so a field like international relations might prefer a double in Asian studies over a double with physics. I wouldn't think physics/aerospace would be a waste at all particularly if you were working with a physics faculty member doing research in some area having to do with aeronautics. Grad programs are looking for the best fit between their applicants and the academic and research interest of their departments. I think when it comes to grad school you want to try to determine what things you are interested in within your chosen field of study and then look for schools where faculty are pursuing those interests rather than trying to position yourself to be all things to all departments.
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