What Do Other Students Think of Your Major?

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A friend forwarded this message to me from the French House chat list and I thought it was funny. As part of their final project in a Science, Technology and Gender class, one group surveyed student perception of certain majors at Stanford.
Some of the descriptions aren’t too interesting, but a couple of them are downright hilarious, especially because these are quotations from students themselves.
Click to find your major and what people think of it!


Aeronautics & Astronautics: Star Wars fans, space camp, geeky, mostly male
Anthropological Sciences: Mostly female and minorities, people looking for their personal histories and explanations, often go into education.
Art & Art History: Upper-class, female, world-travelers, Greek girls.
Asian Languages: Imaginative, world-travelers, undecided path but often a second major for business or engineering students.
Biological Sciences: Science and technology lovers, male and female, experimental approach, pre-med and pre-Ph.D. or looking to profit in Silicon Valley biotech.
Chemical Engineering: Process-driven, mostly male, problem solvers.
Chemistry: Process-driven, creative, slightly male bias.
Civil & Environmental Engineering: Mostly male, construction and creation emphasis.
Classics: Random people who think this will help them later in life.
Communication: Athletes, advertising, human relations oriented.
Comparative Literature/English: Mostly female, often go into education, reflective, passive.
Computer Science: Almost all male, nerdy, computer gamers, lived in SLE freshman year.
Drama: Emotional, exhibitionists, mostly female.
Economics: Profit-driven, Type A, mostly male, investment bankers.
Electrical Engineering: Mostly male, problem solvers, nerdy.
French & Italian: Imaginative, world-travelers, undecided path.
Geological & Environmental Sciences: Male and female, tree-huggers, vegetarians, go camping a lot, live in Synergy.
German Studies: Not many, people who took German in high school.
History: People who like to memorize, analysis-oriented, cause and effect framework.
Human Biology: Mostly female, pre-med, smart/techie girls, fuzzy-ish.
Linguistics: People watchers, like to analyze people and backgrounds, think they’re more specialized than Sociology.
Management Science & Engineering: Business-driven, profit-driven, power-hungry, Type A, looking to make money after school, smart.
Materials Science & Engineering: Process-driven and creative, techie and nerdy.
Mathematics: Mostly male, wild hair, glasses Einstein or Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.
Mechanical Engineering: Creators, like to build and like to have power over end product, mostly male.
Music: People who like music, play music, and can’t perform.
Philosophy: Mostly male, superiority complex, think too much instead of doing anything.
Physics: Mostly male, nerdy, strange, like to know why random things happen.
Political Science: Pre-law, student government types, male and female, opinionated.
Psychology: Mostly female, easier pre-med major, people who are undecided but don’t want to be sociology.
Religious Studies: Religious people, male and female, go into working at a church.
Science, Technology and Society: People interested in science but not techie, pre-business, go into consulting.
Sociology: People who are social and don’t know what else to study, Greeks, athletes, under-achievers.
Spanish & Portuguese: Often a second major for pre-med students or students interested in working in Spanish-speaking countries.
Statistics: Nerdy, strange, mostly male, loners.

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2 Responses to “What Do Other Students Think of Your Major?”

  1. Peiron says:

    Liguistics is a facinating subject and our use of language and theories of origin is at best confusing. Although a relationship may exist between mathematics and linguistics to attribute any solid connections the origin of language must first be established and then the method of transferal of thought and ideas to vocal expression. Learning a new language in a Language School always impresses the culture involved to help understand the underlying nature of that language. As the origins of language cannot be traced and the first spoken words cannot be reproduced no insight can be gained into what the first speakers were trying to convey. Conjecture and theory are our only tools one theory is as good as next until undeniable proof is found and in the case of language this will probably never happen.

  2. Phil says:

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