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Post by Mr Foster » Thu May 15, 2008 8:45 pm

When you go off to college what do you plan majoring in?
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Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Thu May 15, 2008 10:10 pm

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Post by theattachment » Thu May 15, 2008 11:34 pm

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Quizlol...

Political Science, minor in French and/or Philosophy. I plan to either spend my life in school or be unemployed.
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Post by Golran » Fri May 16, 2008 8:49 am

Mathematics. It'll suck for quizbowl with such a small distribution devoted to math.
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Post by TheCzarMan » Fri May 16, 2008 11:27 am

History with a Minor in either Econ or English.
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Post by Mike Bentley » Fri May 16, 2008 1:52 pm

Deesy Does It wrote:Quizbowl.
I think you mean law school.
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Post by Mr Foster » Fri May 16, 2008 4:13 pm

Double major in History and Astronomy or triple major by adding International Relations in there
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Post by Sir Thopas » Fri May 16, 2008 6:26 pm

Mr Foster wrote:Double major in History and Astronomy or triple major by adding International Relations in there
First of all, why are you answering your own thread?
Second of all, you're a junior, so, like, what?
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Post by lasercats » Fri May 16, 2008 6:29 pm

I just completed my freshman year of college, but I'm going to answer anyway...
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Post by Stat Boy » Fri May 16, 2008 8:16 pm

Is it even possible to triple major?
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Post by catsasslippers » Fri May 16, 2008 8:40 pm

I think you can triple major if you come in with enough credits.
I'm going for a Double major in Biology and Comp. Lit. and perhaps a minor in either Religion or Medieval Studies.
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Post by cvdwightw » Sat May 17, 2008 7:39 pm

Stat Boy wrote:Is it even possible to triple major?
Yes, if you pick majors that have good prerequisite overlap and take lots of classes. You can double major in wildly different things pretty much anywhere, but to triple major you'd need a lot of courses that can overlap multiple majors.

I don't think the triple major presented (history/astronomy/IR) can work unless a lot of history courses can get credit toward the IR major, and even then, it's not going to be easy to pull off the units.

Essentially, people can double major in widely disparate things because people can spend two years in college and not have the faintest idea what they're doing, so they can have a lot of courses that don't actually get them closer to a degree. This forces colleges to set a high or nonexistent unit cap so that these people can actually graduate and people have some room for interest courses. For instance, at UCLA, you could graduate with anywhere between 180 and 216 units. Despite this, some majors only required 135-150 units worth of classes (GE + prereqs + major courses), leaving plenty of room for a second, completely unrelated major if you worked things the right way. To triple major without a lot of course overlap, you're looking at petitioning for more units and taking 20+ units a quarter, which is just not feasible if 8 or more of those units are science. I don't know, maybe it's easier for people on the semester system, but that also means far fewer classes to pick in the first place.

Also, Ian - as mathematics is one of those majors that requires only about 150 units to finish, I highly recommend you either add a second major or completely unrelated minor. I've heard some bad things about the undergraduate part of the department, and experienced a few of them firsthand (as a math minor myself). Adding that second major would give you flexibility in case you end up disillusioned with the department and give you a way to feel like you're learning "quizbowl stuff" in class.

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Post by Golran » Sat May 17, 2008 7:47 pm

I know math is one of my majors, but I am also adding something between Chemistry, Physics, or maybe both. Depending on what I get on the AP exam, maybe a Spanish minor. I'm also hoping to do the 4-year masters in Math. Thank goodness for AP credit. :yay:
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Post by pray for elves » Sat May 17, 2008 10:48 pm

I have known people at Brandeis to triple major in disconnected fields, including one math/music/linguistics major and a bio/music/anthropology major.
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Post by lasercats » Sun May 18, 2008 2:23 am

Stat Boy wrote:Is it even possible to triple major?
If you hate yourself, I suppose... :dance:
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Post by Mr Foster » Sun May 18, 2008 10:48 am

well i guess if it is that bad i wont do it
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I've got a while before I head off to college, but I was wondering if anyone knew how difficult it would be for me to get certified to teach both history and math. I don't particularly want to choose between the two, and I think being able to teach either/both would increase my odds of getting a job somewhere I'd actually like to work. I've been trying to figure out how to go about that, though. Is it possible to do a double minor? If it is, I'd most likely major in education and then do a double minor in history/math.
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Post by AndyShootsAndyScores » Sun May 18, 2008 11:40 am

MLWGS-Gir wrote:Is it possible to do a double minor?
Yes, because this is most likely what I will be doing.
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AndyShootsAndyScores wrote:
MLWGS-Gir wrote:Is it possible to do a double minor?
Yes, because this is most likely what I will be doing.
Awesome. Thank you.
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Post by First Chairman » Sun May 18, 2008 12:09 pm

It would probably be pretty tough, but it likely can be done. I'd be more interested in what level of teaching you'd do history & math. Granted, I think it would make you a bit more employable, but it could also drive you a bit crazy. Will the teachers in the forum provide input?
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Post by Galstaff, Sorceror of Light » Sun May 18, 2008 12:19 pm

ILoveReeses wrote:It would probably be pretty tough, but it likely can be done. I'd be more interested in what level of teaching you'd do history & math. Granted, I think it would make you a bit more employable, but it could also drive you a bit crazy. Will the teachers in the forum provide input?
I'd prefer to teach gifted high school students, and algebra and world history are my favorite subsets of math and history. Also, while I haven't had calculus yet, I keep asking my current math teacher how to do things and at least three or four times he's said, "Don't worry about that; that's calculus," so I think I'll probably enjoy calc as well.
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Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) » Sun May 18, 2008 12:33 pm

I think I'll probably enjoy calc as well.
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Post by TheCzarMan » Sun May 18, 2008 12:45 pm

Deesy Does It wrote:
I think I'll probably enjoy calc as well.
You are one sick, twisted individual.
Well, she already stated that she wanted to teach honors kids earlier in the statement, so we knew that something was up to begin with.
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Post by No Sollositing On Premise » Sun May 18, 2008 3:26 pm

Well, minoring and majoring practices differ from school to school. At UVA, you aren't allowed to do a double minor, but you can major as many times as you like, theoretically. Shekar Sidarth (TJ '03, UVA '07) triple-majored in Spanish, Comp Sci, and History, IIRC. One of them might have been a minor....

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Post by BuzzerZen » Sun May 18, 2008 3:38 pm

Deesy Does It wrote:
I think I'll probably enjoy calc as well.
You are one sick, twisted individual.
Ignore Charlie Dees. Calculus is awesome. Your teacher probably won't make it seem awesome. But calculus is one of the coolest things you can learn in high school.
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BuzzerZen wrote:
Deesy Does It wrote:
I think I'll probably enjoy calc as well.
You are one sick, twisted individual.
Ignore Charlie Dees. Calculus is awesome. Your teacher probably won't make it seem awesome. But calculus is one of the coolest things you can learn in high school.
Just thinking about it, calculus is amazing. You get to add up infinite numbers of infinitely small things. Few things are more excellent than that.
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As of right now, English-Government double major with a Russian minor.

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BuzzerZen wrote:
Deesy Does It wrote:
I think I'll probably enjoy calc as well.
You are one sick, twisted individual.
Ignore Charlie Dees. Calculus is awesome. Your teacher probably won't make it seem awesome. But calculus is one of the coolest things you can learn in high school.
Since my calc teacher will also be my coach (Dr. Barnes), the constant reminders to do my homework will probably not be awesome. At least I won't have trouble tracking him down to ask a question...
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MLWGS-Gir wrote:
BuzzerZen wrote: Ignore Charlie Dees. Calculus is awesome. Your teacher probably won't make it seem awesome. But calculus is one of the coolest things you can learn in high school.
Since my calc teacher will also be my coach (Dr. Barnes), the constant reminders to do my homework will probably not be awesome. At least I won't have trouble tracking him down to ask a question...
Ah right, Dr. Barnes is your teacher. Well let it not be said that I think Dr. Barnes isn't awesome.
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Post by mithokie » Sun May 18, 2008 5:51 pm

I know that Bob Powers at Cave Spring is certified in both Math and History. He student taught at Auburn under our Debate Coach/US History teacher. If you end up certified in both, you will likely be forced to teach math since there are less math teachers out there than there are history teachers. At many of the traditional public shools, the history spots are reserved for athletic coaches. Of course, you wouldn't have to teach at a traditional public school.
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BuzzerZen wrote:
Deesy Does It wrote: Ignore Charlie Dees. Calculus is awesome. Your teacher probably won't make it seem awesome. But calculus is one of the coolest things you can learn in high school.
Ignore Evan. Calculus is a pain in the butt, and won't get you anywhere in life. Unfortunately, it is a necessity to get into the harder (and more fun math), so you might as well get it over with in high school instead of having to take it in college. (Actually, I took Calc twice... but the second time was infinitely harder, because it was proof-based).

Oh, and I'm a Math and Political Science Major.
And the Math degree is the BA variety instead of the BS type. Because of this and the double major, I get zero electives. This with max AP credit applied.
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evilmonkey wrote:
BuzzerZen wrote:
Deesy Does It wrote: Ignore Charlie Dees. Calculus is awesome. Your teacher probably won't make it seem awesome. But calculus is one of the coolest things you can learn in high school.
Ignore Evan. Calculus is a pain in the butt, and won't get you anywhere in life. Unfortunately, it is a necessity to get into the harder (and more fun math), so you might as well get it over with in high school instead of having to take it in college. (Actually, I took Calc twice... but the second time was infinitely harder, because it was proof-based).

Oh, and I'm a Math and Political Science Major.
And the Math degree is the BA variety instead of the BS type. Because of this and the double major, I get zero electives. This with max AP credit applied.
Depends on your major. I had the option to take multivariable calc, and regretted doing so a year later when taking Intermediate Microeconomics.

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MLWGS-Gir wrote:I've got a while before I head off to college, but I was wondering if anyone knew how difficult it would be for me to get certified to teach both history and math. I don't particularly want to choose between the two, and I think being able to teach either/both would increase my odds of getting a job somewhere I'd actually like to work. I've been trying to figure out how to go about that, though. Is it possible to do a double minor? If it is, I'd most likely major in education and then do a double minor in history/math.
I thought in VA to get secondary certification you majored in your subject(s) and then minored in education (though with student teaching filling your senior spring semester, the amount of work is more work than most minors.)
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Laptop Cooler wrote:Well, minoring and majoring practices differ from school to school. At UVA, you aren't allowed to do a double minor, but you can major as many times as you like, theoretically. Shekar Sidarth (TJ '03, UVA '07) triple-majored in Spanish, Comp Sci, and History, IIRC. One of them might have been a minor....

Oh, and I'm an Environmental Science major with a concentration in Hydrology and an astronomy minor.
Unless they have changed something since last year, one of those had to be a minor as UVA doesn't allow triple majors(at least in the College of Arts and Sciences).
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STPickrell wrote:
MLWGS-Gir wrote:I've got a while before I head off to college, but I was wondering if anyone knew how difficult it would be for me to get certified to teach both history and math. I don't particularly want to choose between the two, and I think being able to teach either/both would increase my odds of getting a job somewhere I'd actually like to work. I've been trying to figure out how to go about that, though. Is it possible to do a double minor? If it is, I'd most likely major in education and then do a double minor in history/math.
I thought in VA to get secondary certification you majored in your subject(s) and then minored in education (though with student teaching filling your senior spring semester, the amount of work is more work than most minors.)
This is possible. I don't know. Any VA teachers with input?
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jpn wrote:biomed: premed
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Post by cvdwightw » Thu May 22, 2008 7:35 pm

ToStrikeInfinitely wrote:
jpn wrote:biomed: premed
get out while you can.
you don't get it this is the cool thing to do at UCSD everyone's doing it

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I thought the cool thing to do at UCSD was drugs?
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Post by First Chairman » Thu May 22, 2008 9:55 pm

Well, as a premed advisor and one of the professors teaching freshman biology, I hope you aren't among the 30-45% who would fail my class. Of course I'm sure you wouldn't... it's the other classes I'd worry about. :twisted:
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MLWGS-Gir wrote:
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MLWGS-Gir wrote:I've been trying to figure out how to go about that, though. Is it possible to do a double minor? If it is, I'd most likely major in education and then do a double minor in history/math.
I thought in VA to get secondary certification you majored in your subject(s) and then minored in education (though with student teaching filling your senior spring semester, the amount of work is more work than most minors.)
This is possible. I don't know. Any VA teachers with input?
I can refer you to the person who work with ugrads wanting to teach at Mason: Dr. Jeannine Tate (jtate1NOSPAMFORLUNCH@gmu.edu). We do have a pretty good history dept, and my office is next to the math dept.
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Re: Majors

Post by cvdwightw » Thu May 22, 2008 11:25 pm

leftsaidfred wrote:I thought the cool thing to do at UCSD was drugs?
I think you have UCSD and San Diego State confused. Seriously, noted Asian commuter school UCI has more stuff going on than UCSD.

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Re: Majors

Post by AKKOLADE » Fri May 23, 2008 12:13 am

Looks like I did.
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Re: Majors

Post by ntan » Tue May 27, 2008 1:08 am

deciding between bio/bio e, might throw econ or something random into the mix. med school is in the back of my mind, but i'm not too sure if it's my cup of tea at this point
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Re: Majors

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Tue May 27, 2008 1:34 am

Whether or not you can triple major is such a school-specific question that it makes little sense to ask it generally. It depends on a lot of things like how much AP credit is granted, whether or not there is a required core, whether there are quarters or semesters, etc.

For instance, despite it being easy at some schools to triple major, isn't it virtually impossible to merely double major at Princeton?
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Re: Majors

Post by Golran » Tue May 27, 2008 9:39 am

I've got a friend double majoring with a minor at Princeton... Physics and Chem as majors with a Spanish minor. She also happened to have over 10 AP courses so she got out of introductory level classes (even with no credit), so her schedule was much more free to take courses for those majors.
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