Prestigious Business Degree?

<p>Is there such thing?</p>

<p>A little background: I'm a college freshman at a mediocre state school in the midwest. I am currently majoring in mechanical engineering, was set on switching to computer science at the end of the semester, and now I'm contemplating going the business route.</p>

<p>I've always been much more interested in the business side of things (dealing with money management seems much more fun to me than developing stress calculations on a bridge or something of the sort), but I perceived a bachelors in any business field as "looked down upon" and "ill-perceived" by the general public in comparison to an engineering degree.</p>

<p>I'm under the impression that if someone sees a resume with "Mechanical Engineering Major" near the top that they will automatically be under the assumption that this person must have some sort of intellect about them too have passed the rigorous engineering curriculum. On the flip side, I feel that if someone sees a resume with "Business Admin. Major" they naturally assume this person could not cut it in a tougher, technical field such as engineering.</p>

<p>Is there a business undergrad degree that is looked upon enviously? Perhaps an "impressive business degree"?</p>

<p>Thanks in advance!</p>

<p>P.S. - One degree that I've stumbled upon is "applied mathematics" or "mathematical economics". Any input on this degree would also be appreciated.</p>

<p>If the major is easier, then you'll probably get a higher gpa, won't you? Especially if you're smart enough to do engineering.</p>

<p>Why do you feel the need to get some sort of acknowledgement that your major is difficult?</p>

<p>Those in engineering generally will feel resentment towards those in business, particularly when they realize that those who had an "easier" major will by and large be making more than them.
There's nothing you can do about this.</p>

<p>If it bothers you, major in engineering.
Also, no matter how legit it may be, a mathematical econ major will not get the respect you seem to be craving. It'll still be seen as a business major and will be judged accordingly. The same will always be true for industrial engineering. Those in real engineering majors will never see it as more than a glorified business degree.</p>