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Majoring in Humanities/Social science in WUSTL?

cliomiaocliomiao Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
Hey guys, I am an international student from China who might apply to WUSTL as ED because of the school culture seems to fit me. However, I have heard that WUSTL has excellent sciences majors according to this subreddit and urban dictionary. So I am wondering if any of you guys have declared Humanities/Social science major in WUSTL and what is your overall experience?
I will apply undecided. Lots of thanks!

Replies to: Majoring in Humanities/Social science in WUSTL?

  • nineteeth123nineteeth123 Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    I'm not declared yet (im a sophomore) but I'm pretty sure I'm going to declare my first major as Anthropology: Global Health and the Environment.
    I took a sociology class first semester and freshman year and I loved it a lot. It was the most interesting class I have ever taken, and I was genuinely excited to go to class. The workload was not that much, and we only had to write 3 papers- all of which I enjoyed writing because it was basically like writing essays on my personal history/experiences.
    2nd semester I took an intro anthro class. Honestly, I didn't do that great in the class but I think it was just unprepared for the most part. I thought about 60% of the class was genuinely interesting. I also took a freshman seminar in Asian-American Studies and it was terrible. The teacher was all over the place and I didn't learn anything. I decided to major in anthropology over sociology tho because I looked at the major requirements, and I liked the other classes in the Anthro course listings more so than the sociology listings.
    A lot of people who are anthro: global health majors are pre-med/pre-health and Most humanities/social science majors plan on going to grad school. I loved the social sciences but I wasn't premed and I didn't know if I wanted to go to grad school or not which is why Im picking up a 2nd major in business.
    Overall, the classes are very interesting but expect a lot more writing and reading compared to other majors.
  • SleepIsTemporarySleepIsTemporary Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @nineteeth123 What was the first class you mentioned called (the sociology one)?
  • nineteeth123nineteeth123 Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    @SleepIsTemporary Social Inequality in America
    It was the professor's (Prof Collins) first year teaching at WashU and she was great. They expanded the class this year (it was a 50 ppl class when I took it) and there are already a bunch of people on the waitlist
  • SleepIsTemporarySleepIsTemporary Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    @nineteeth123 Thanks I might check it out next semester!
  • cliomiaocliomiao Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Thank you very much! My counselor also suggests me to major in anthropology or sociology in college because my favorite geography major is nowhere to be found. Your replies offer me many insights into these two majors. And I heard that every social science and humanites are writing intensive, so thank you for your advice, too.
  • HamurtleHamurtle Registered User Posts: 427 Member
    My son is a freshman at WashU thinking about doing a dual Biology/History major. He got placed into an upper division history class because of his AP scores (5s in European History and US History).

    He told me that the history class he is in (Early Modern Chinese History) is really reading intensive. He has to read about 100-150 pages a week. The class has 3 essays instead of midterms. He likes the instructor (who is one of the better professors in the department).

    The undergraduate history advisor mentioned that typically you will have 2 essays of up to 10 pages and a final 15 page essay. So it's going to be a lot of writing depending on your major(s).
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