My son is a current junior at Swarthmore. He's almost completed a major in Economics (not planning on doing Swarthmore honors, though) and has made headway into a major in Political Science. He's debating what to do with his life and going to graduate school is one of the options that comes up. He is thinking of becoming a college professor but that is for later. There are other options is he is considering, but he is a quiet, bright (if I may say so myself) kid, very cerebral and this suits him a lot. </p>
<p>My question, though, is, he is planning to go to graduate school for either Economics or Political Science, but at the moment Political Science is hot with him. If he does not complete his major in Poli Sci, can he still go to graduate school for Poli Sci? He says he can....just want other people's opinions. He says he knows a kid who majored in Economics but is going to grad school for Physics. How does that work? Will he be able to do well in a GRE for Poli Sci? </p>
<p>The thing is, he might be a little short on completing the major in Poli Sci given the time he has left. Plus, he takes courses he thinks he will enjoy and if he does not enjoy it, he won't take it, even if it is in his major, that's what I have observed about him. Also, will not doing a Swarthmore Honors hurt him with his chances for graduate school?</p>
<p>For people not familiar with Swarthmore honors, as far as I know, it involves writing a thesis and then giving an oral examination with external examiners taking the examination.