Importance of major in a liberal arts college.

<p>How important is the choice of major or degree at a liberal arts college such as princeton or yale. In the case of princeton, it offers the AB and BSE. in terms of long term goals such as grad school and employment, how will you think the choice of major or degree affect those? </p>

<p>I still don't quite understand it when people say a French major can go to business school. But isn't it better to be a Business major when applying for MBA? Or am i totally getting the American system of Liberal Arts education wrong? please correct me if i am.</p>

<p>Neither Princeton or Yale are classified as "liberal arts" colleges. They're research universities.</p>

<p>yes, but they do offer a liberal arts curriculum....</p>

<p>Oh Canada! Check out 'Expat Games' thread (old/new) for further details on the US system--but in general the US system is vastly different from all others in emphasizing broad subject exploration. No penalties for French instead of business--if you are very very clever.</p>

<p>For example, a French major with an interesting CV has as good a chance at a good US MBA program as a business major--maybe even better. </p>

<p>Other parents can jump in and correct me, but top MBA programs look for top performers in the top universities, plus some sort of demonstrated, superior achievement in the workforce. My clever friend from Yale worked for Citigroup in Asia for three years. She no problem getting into the Harvard MBA program.</p>

<p>What is your ultimate aim? Princeton wannabe isn't a proper goal for a lifetime, is it?</p>

<p>Cheers, you are absolutely right. We were at dinner with a bunch of MBAs from top programs, and none of them had the same undergraduate major. They ranged from Engineering to the Classics with some former premeds and language majors as well. The common thread is that they all did well in college, scored well on the GMATs and found some job that was impressive that led them to wanting an MBA to further their skill sets and knowledge as they continued along their already impressive career path. Though I do not know many business majors that went for an MBA, H assures me that it is not unusual. Your major will not eliminate you from consideration; it is what you do with it that makes a big difference. There were students in his class that had very unusual non traditional majors, that had gone into unusual fields of business and then decided to go on for an MBA. Some of those students went to colleges that were not considered academic, but their success in parlaying their skill sets in the work force was an overriding factor. "Legally Blond" might not be that far off the mark!</p>