Elitism in universities/colleges based on....

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  1. lazy b

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    majors? I don't know what to think about this. Honestly I am somewhat appalled at the notion of "my major being better than yours" or "yourmajor is $@%@%%#@". I never really noticed it until I read something today in which students from the architecture school were downplaying the work donestudents from our communication school because their majors are "easier". They are both great schools in their own right, #2 and #1 in the nationrespectively. I can't even find the words as to what I want to say of what causes this. What do you think about this if you have an opinion?
     
  2. justhotkicks

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    It's clear that some majors require a lot more work than others. Architecture is downright insane.
     
  3. lazy b

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    That's understandable but everyone has their own niche. Who is that person to say that their major is BS if they have never taken a courserequired by the program?
     
  4. prostaffer

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    as much as you'd like to think people are adults at this age they aren't. just an evolution of a grade school mentality that you always have to findsomething wrong with someone else.
     
  5. dkjordan23

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    ya, im a business major, and i have so much less work than architecture majors and engineers i know, as well as a lot of science majors. True, some do havethat attitude, like "i work more than you so i should get more respect for my major." and in some ways, i think they are right. As long as they donttake it another level and think "im better than you cause of my major"
     
  6. johnnyredstorm

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    A major is only BS if the students taking it are only there for the easy grades, and do not hunger to submerge themselves in that field. I like to think ofthis in regards to people in Sports Management that do not bust their hump trying to get internships or network.
     
  7. lazy b

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    Ahem:

     
  8. kicksnbeats

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    I'm a Computer Science major and its definitely up there in the "hard majors" category. I don't really look down upon people whose majorsare easier because chances are, you still have to put in work regardless. One of my friends who was a english major had to write a bunch of 30+ page essaysevery semester and it takes a lot of thinking and effort to accomplish that. In the end, it's all about what you want to pursue in life and theconnections you make.
     
  9. lazy b

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  10. al audi

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    this should be no debate at all.
     
  11. keepzdasneakz

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    Exactly, maturity just determines the extent to which people can keep their more outlandish sentiments from being exposed to the public. Not gonnalie, going into school, I thought psychology majors were total BS (I was an engineer). After my first 2 quarters as an engineer, psychology looked prettyenticing [​IMG]. I just learn to do my own thing now.

    One thing that still irks me about elitism between majors are people who have the nerve to ask me "What are you gonna do with that?" (ingenuinely) asif your "Oh..." after I stated it to you wasn't a big enough hint towards your condescendence.
     
  12. justhotkicks

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    Every major is hard in its own right, but again, there's no doubt that some majors are harder than others. Rivalries between programs within a school arevery common and snobbish attitudes are expected.



    But i'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh or roll my eyes inside when my college friends would whine about their Psych papers.
     
  13. sundizzle

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    Harder is very subjective. For people that are business majors, that don't involve themselves in business skills development opportunities (such as studentcouncil, internships, improv speech classes, etc) they are not really submerging themselves into what their major is all about. Engineers/CS majors seem to bestudents that generally like staying at home, working long hours on code/wtv it is, and don't extend themselves into university life to the same extent. Ithink both routes are very different, and are suited for different personality types. Take an engineering major and have them be the vice president for thestudent council. I think they would have just as difficult time with that as a communication major would taking a CS class. Obviously this doesn't apply toeveryone, but school is not just about the classes you take. It is about the connections/and experiences you make. A lot of people take for granted the otherHUGE opportunities you have in college and these are the ones that end up with a degree and no idea what to do.

    I know a lot of communication majors that enjoyed college a lot more, and have good jobs now so it just is a case by case basis. Granted...i agree though thatsome majors are significantly more academically challenging. If your end goal out of college is to have a good job...there are multiple ways to get there...notjust by taking hard classes/hard majors.
     
  14. keepzdasneakz

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    ^Haha. Yeah, I'm still in a B.S. major, and though not engineering, it's still considerably harder than psych (I'm in EnvironmentalScience/Management). Not going to lie though, when it comes down to people you wanna have fun with, those psych majors come through...especially with theabsurd amount of fine girls in psych compared to all other majors.

    Sundizzle: That was on point. The way you described the CS majors was so on point though I was [​IMG]. One of my roommates last year was one, and he rarely spoke to us and neverbrought anybody over (literally).
     
  15. taimaishu123

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    dont really have that goin on, on my campus(missouri state)

    everyone is cool. i mean, im a criminology/sociology major and i live with a emerging technology management major. only about 6 other ppl on campus havecompleted this degree its so hard. but he already has a intern lined up working with a company in china making LED lights.

    ur gonna have ur down to earth ppl and your aholes.
     
  16. kicksnbeats

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    Listen to this man, don't matter what major you are. Networking is the most important thing in college. Unless you come from a top name school, jobsaren't going to be handed to you on a silver platter.
     
  17. lazy b

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    [​IMG] You are not lying about the fine women in psych. Howeverthey do change their major by the second year. Believe it or not, psych is not as easy as people would think.
     
  18. quig707

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    I have been guilty of some major elitism before, but I try to keep it in check. It happens on all levels. I hear engineers arguing about which engineeringdiscipline is the hardest. Industrial technology and Industrial Manufacturing Engineering always get mentioned as "fake" engineering disciplinesbecause they are so blended with business classes. For some reason though, some of the professors in our school of business have taken to telling theirstudents that they will "be managing all those engineers one day". When I hear a business student repeat that, thats the only time I gotta speak upand tell them to #!@#. No need to get overly gassed up.
     
  19. the north west

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    majors like history, english and sociology come to mind
     
  20. mcnoodlez

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    man i hate it. i'm in the business colelge and we're highly regarded. Some are like "wow you're a business major?!" especially when Imention finance, and others will be like "BRO, I GOT A PHYSICS 3 EXAM, A CALC 3 ASSIGNMENT, MY ORGO CHEM2 TEST ALL IN A 4 HOUR SPAN, YOU'RE IN A BSMAJOR"

    ....riiiight....
     
  21. hybridsoldier23

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    Engineering>Liberal Arts in terms of difficulty. I don't care what anyone says.

    Biomechanical Engineering vs. History ? Give me a [​IMG] break!
     
  22. nyota de la star

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    Sorry to sidetrack the thread...but I have question.
    Would it make sense to have CS as a minor?
    I'm interested in Communication (PR) but I want to have a math background.[​IMG]
    I dunno.
     
  23. curiousgeorg3

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    yep, that would be me in my engineering program

    [​IMG] we *#!*!%*@ all over you guyz
     
  24. vince dirty

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    Could have guessed OP was a Comm major...I clown on my roomate all the time but yeah as said classes are "harder" depending on who's taking itpause
     
  25. escobarmeth

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    I was an english/pre-med student and I'm not gonna lie, some of the coursework for english was downright insane. Still, I did electrical engineering/premedfor 2 years before I had to switch cause the EE coursework was waaaay more taxing and I knew I wasn't trying to do anything with it. It all worked out inthe end though.