What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

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What's your major

Mechanical Engineering
5
3%
Chemical Engineering
5
3%
Aerospace Engineering
4
3%
Other Engineering
17
11%
Law/paralegal studies
2
1%
Medicine
1
1%
Computer Science
28
18%
Other applied science/science practice
5
3%
Mathematics
30
19%
Physics
17
11%
Chemistry
4
3%
Biology
5
3%
Linguistics
2
1%
Language (any)
4
3%
Anthropology
1
1%
Sociology
0
No votes
Economics
5
3%
Political science
0
No votes
Other social science
2
1%
Philosophy
3
2%
Music
2
1%
Other humanities/arts major
7
4%
Other (please specify)
4
3%
Hard labor
4
3%
 
Total votes: 157

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What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby waltwhitmanheadedbat » Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:31 pm UTC

Salutations. I was aching for some demographic information about my fellow xkcd ircites and forumites, and thought you might be interested too. Any information contributed will be greatly appreciated!

Notes:
*The engineering disciplines should probably just be a different poll if we got serious about this, but let's see how it turns out! I chose the ones in the poll that have the largest number at the engineering school nearest here.
*I've tried to "weight" it a little so some things are grouped into things like "humanities/arts." That's a little biased of me, but that's why I'm gathering data.
*Up to three options can be selected by an one...poll-giver. Users are able to change their votes.
*Noting in a reply which language you're studying, for instance, wins you extra points.

Thanks!

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby fleshBasedProcessor » Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:57 am UTC

Ask me again in 2 years.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby gmalivuk » Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:07 am UTC

How about you don't post in this thread for another two years?
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Lhyzz » Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:26 am UTC

I have a B.A. in English and History, and an A.A.S. in Communication Design. Take that, left-brainers!

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby mmx49 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:01 am UTC

Mathematics! **** YEAH!

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Postby TheKrikkitWars » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:15 am UTC

I'm doing chemistry, and getting increasingly close to specialising in pharmacology on top of that.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Two9A » Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:52 am UTC

I wish to lodge a protest. Where's Electrical engineering? :mrgreen:

I'll vote CS, since I did a EE/CS joint.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby gmalivuk » Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:10 pm UTC

Two9A wrote:Where's Electrical engineering?

It's in "other engineering".
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby drewster1829 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:19 pm UTC

Yay! I'm a math major. So far, we're in the lead! :D
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Why Two Kay » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:37 am UTC

I picked "economics" but this thread is lacking in Business/Finance/Accounting.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Velict » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:11 am UTC

Why Two Kay wrote:I picked "economics" but this thread is lacking in Business/Finance/Accounting.


Yeah, that. I'm not in college quite yet, but I expect to end up with something along the lines of a Finance major in the next few years.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby semicharmed » Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:37 pm UTC

BSE in biomedical engineering.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Thrillho » Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:26 pm UTC

I picked "Other" for my Bachelor of Commerce, rather than Economics.

My final year of the program is starting in two weeks. I'm nervous.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby achan1058 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:25 am UTC

I picked mathematics and computing science, as I did a joint, and hard labour, since the degree was hard.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby drewster1829 » Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:33 am UTC

achan1058 wrote:I picked mathematics and computing science, as I did a joint, and hard labour, since the degree was hard.


I think "hard labour" is supposed to mean "manual labor"....you know, ditch digging and cotton picking and the like. On the other hand, maybe your degree made you sweat and caused muscle fatigue, so I guess that can count... :D
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Postby Pez Dispens3r » Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:43 am UTC

What, no history?
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Ninjew » Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:50 am UTC

Seems like I'm the only Music major so far. I'm doing Music Ed, so I chose Music and Other, since there was no "education" category. The only thing I don't like about being a Music major is that right now I'm taking 10 classes, and am receiving 15 credit hours from it. Other than that, I'm loving it.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby achan1058 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:33 am UTC

drewster1829 wrote:
achan1058 wrote:I picked mathematics and computing science, as I did a joint, and hard labour, since the degree was hard.


I think "hard labour" is supposed to mean "manual labor"....you know, ditch digging and cotton picking and the like. On the other hand, maybe your degree made you sweat and caused muscle fatigue, so I guess that can count... :D
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby haloshade » Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:58 am UTC

I just submitted my "want-to-have" majors for when I actually get out of this High School and move onto a better, brighter educational experience.

Physics and Mechanical Engineering by the way.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby RockoTDF » Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:40 am UTC

You forgot psychology, or just a behavioral/cognitive sciences category.

"Social science" is not an acceptable option for these btw.
Just because it is not physics doesn't mean it is not science.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Omegaton » Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:09 am UTC

Meteorswarm wrote:Ha! Only biology major.

And I'm the second one. Biology was the biggest major at my undergrad school, so it's interesting to see it much lower here. Then again, this is of course the xkcd forums, not a random sample.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby kingofdreams » Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:10 am UTC

psychobiology, biochemistry and psychology waaaaaah, xkcd thinks my majors don't matter.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Tofer » Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:02 am UTC

Civil Engineering never gets any love. I mean c'mon, it's the oldest discipline of engineering out there! Computer and Electrical Engineering should be on the list too. Grouping these disciplines (as well as Environmental) into 'Other Engineering' doesn't seem right, especially given that Mechanical and Aerospace get their own categories when they are more or less the same thing (in fact, at my school you don't have to declare yourself as an Aerospace major until your last year since you take all the same courses as the Mechs up to that point anyways). Bah.

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Postby RockoTDF » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:28 am UTC

Tofer wrote:(in fact, at my school you don't have to declare yourself as an Aerospace major until your last year since you take all the same courses as the Mechs up to that point anyways). Bah.


I hope you know that I just imagined a lecture hall with a bunch of transformers/mechwarriors sitting in the desks amongst humans looking very, very bored.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby GuitarFreak » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:16 am UTC

Astronomy/Physics major here.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby sje46 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:22 am UTC

RockoTDF wrote:You forgot psychology, or just a behavioral/cognitive sciences category.

"Social science" is not an acceptable option for these btw.

Agreed. I voted "other social science" though.

Isn't psychology one of the most common majors? It's huge at my school.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby Kaldra » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:18 am UTC

I'm doing computer engineering at North Dakota State starting this year. First full day of classes was today in fact. My major related classes start tomorrow, so that should be fun.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby thunderchicken13 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:16 am UTC

I'm working on my AAS in Computer Information Systems. It's not really CS, it's more like vocational IT stuff. I did "Other applied science."

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby RockoTDF » Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:45 am UTC

sje46 wrote:
RockoTDF wrote:You forgot psychology, or just a behavioral/cognitive sciences category.

"Social science" is not an acceptable option for these btw.

Agreed. I voted "other social science" though.

Isn't psychology one of the most common majors? It's huge at my school.


It is one of the most common majors. I would venture a guess that it is the biggest science major, but most psych majors do the minimal load of actual science courses (stats, research methods, neuro, behavior, etc) and stick to the fluff like personality and social science.
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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby MicroEStudent » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:33 pm UTC

I received a BS in Microelectronic Engineering, will start an MS in it on Labor Day and will finish my BS in Economics while working on the MicroE MS.

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Re: What's Your Major, Part Deux: The Poll

Postby ntietz » Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:28 pm UTC

Working on my BS in CS and applied mathematics (computational focus), minoring in physics. The two most popular majors on here... I am mildly surprised that mathematics is beating CS.


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