Political Science

<p>How hard is it the Political Science major?</p>

<p>Depends on the school.</p>

<p>What about Stony Brook???</p>

<p>Sorry, I don’t know. You could ask in the Stony Brook forum.</p>

<p>As for Political Science in general, it will depend on your personal academic strengths. What kind of classes do you do best in?</p>

<p>History and English!</p>

<p>I think you’ll do well, then.</p>

<p>Thanks =)…BUMP!!</p>

<p>it’s harder than engineering.</p>

Don’t listen to anything that blkbox says. He/She doesn’t know what he/she is talking about.
That comment really did make me laugh. Poli Sci harder than engineering. Hah! That’s hilarious!!!</p>

<p>At some selective schools, many of the Political Science majors are all trying to get into top law schools, which would make it very competitive. However, at most schools, you would think it would not be an extremely competitive major.</p>

<p>It’s indeed harder than engineering for some people. I would shoot myself if I stepped into another humanities class again.</p>

<p>Wow thanks guys, but what makes it so easy or hard???..BUMP…any more commentsv</p>

<p>Easy enough. I have a MA in IR and am extremely laid back about studying. Am now doing a PhD. :D</p>

<p>some people can understand math extremely easily but they cant read 100 pgs a day or write a 20 pg paper on poltiics or something while others can skim through hundreds of pages pulling out all the info but cant understand math problems…</p>

<p>poli science is a great major for law school</p>

<p>Thanks guys…BUMP Anyone else?</p>

<p>My poli sci classes are fairly challenging. i have 200+ pages of reading to do per class session per class, plus papers-- and some of those papers are very intense. Some of the reading is very dense and difficult, though I’m good at that sort of thing so it isn’t as hard for me as it would be for others. Some professors are tougher graders than others but the workload does not vary very much at all. It is meant to test your endurance.</p>

<p>It is pointless to refer to “some people.” There is ALWAYS a small group of people who will be exceptions to any given rule. Let’s look at facts, rather than speculation: engineers routinely have the some of the highest standardized test scores and GPAs, yet they graduate college with the lowest GPAs, because engineering classes are extremely hard (a common practice for enginering colleges is to curve engineering GPAs to make 2.8 the median).
If you want to be decisive in a conversation like this, it is idiotic to try to use statements that start with, “some people might…” Talk about facts, trends, and numbers. Go do some research. STEM majors are the hardest on many accounts. They have the harshest grading curves and high dropout rates. VERY few people leave other majors to enroll in engineering. Tons of people drop out of engineering to pursue other majors. What does that say? It tells me that, even if you drop out of a STEM major, you’re capable of pursuing something else. If you drop out of other programs, however, then you don’t stand a chance in the STEM disciplines. I was talking to my English professor the other day, and he told me that he has noticed a trend: the best students in his classes tend to be engineering students. I found that interesting.
In the end, you should do what you want, not what you think will be the most respected or prestigious. If you like poli sci, then do it… but it’s not harder than engineering.</p>

<p>^ I think you’re looking for the “Hierarchy of Majors” thread :D</p>

<p>^^ hahah. You have a point. ^^
I suppose I ought to step back, and try to present my point in a more polished, concise manner. To put it bluntly, I think that, as engineering majors, we tend to have the most a-hole professors. We have no lives, because we are often pitted against each other by murderous curves. This is not to say that this major is by any means BETTER than others. In fact, it probably makes engineering majors the worst. Sure, on average, we make a lot of money, but you can make money with any degree. Do what you want. Also, I don’t want to sound as though I am saying that engineering requires you to be a very smart person. You can be a person of very average intelligence and still do very well in engineering. It’s all about the work ethic. Engineers aren’t special people. I really don’t want to sound elitist or condescending, because I do not feel that way. If anything, I am jealous of people in other majors: they still get their college degrees, yet they get to have social lives, too! What a deal!
The OP asked how hard poli sci is. This would be my advice: don’t be intimidated by difficulty. If it’s what you’re interested in and you are focused, then you can do it. I am now finished making an ass of myself! :)</p>

<p>“I am jealous of people in other majors: they still get their college degrees, yet they get to have social lives, too! What a deal!”</p>

<p>Yeah, practicing their social skills to work at Starbucks. I think 4 years of hell way worth it for me and engineering major are practically given a job when they graduate assuming they have a good GPA.</p>