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What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's?

What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's subject in USA (non-US resident)? Currently, I am pursuing bachelor's degree in Film and ...
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Why do colleges attempt to teach students who lack prerequisite skills?

Inspired by Tutoring is depressing because my students are struggling too much with my exercises. What do I do? The text of that question says: I am a tutor for first year math majors at a European ...
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I'm late in identifying my interest within the major I'm taking. Are there any tips for me? [closed]

So I'm an undergraduate student in mechanical-aerospace engineering. I'm taking this major because after joined a competition that involves space and astronomy, I wanted to know more about space, but ...
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Is there an academic major equivalent in secondary education/high schools? [closed]

I am trying to find out more about high schools that specialize in a particular area or at least allow a student to focus on a main subject overall. In tertiary education this specialization is known ...
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Should I switch majors? How will this look on grad school application?

At the school I study at there are several majors for life sciences. I am currently in a program called Life science - origin of diseases specialization. This program is very similar to the general ...
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Dual major in mathematics and physics

I am doing dual major in mathematics and physics and I want to pursue my future study in theoretical physics, I mean want to do PhD in it. Although, I am dual majoring but my university provides only ...
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Undergraduate 3rd year - Advice needed Physics Major [closed]

I needed some help/advice. Would be really grateful, appreciate any advice or information. I am a Math Major at Dickinson College. I am also taking lots of courses in Physics and Philosophy. At this ...
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Can/should math majors consider graduate school in physics? [duplicate]

I am a math major in my early years of undergrad, and I'm wondering if math majors can or should consider pursuing graduate school in (theoretical) physics. I don't think there's a barrier in terms of ...
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Development Economics Minor for CS Major [closed]

I am an undergrad CS Major and am looking to minor in Development Economics, basically economics for understanding challenges created by world poverty (this is the only form of an economics minor that ...
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Testing out of Undergraduate Major Requirements [closed]

Background I am a pending transfer student (incoming undergraduate sophomore) at various universities. I plan on pursuing a double major in math and physics. Now, I believe that I am proficient in ...
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Changing p-value adjustment method during major revising [closed]

I want to ask whether changing p-values adjustment method after I receive major revision is acceptable. I have performed some statistical test for like thousands of elements in the manuscript, and ...
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Should I change my major to something more useful yet less interesting to me l if I already secured an internship in that field?

I'm currently majoring in Political Science with a computer science minor. I managed to secure an internship with a large, multinational software company for the summer of 2020 as a data analyst (more ...
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On areas of overlap between Computer Science and Economics [closed]

For those who want to be involved in both disciplines throughout academia (BS to MS to PhD) as well as in the workplace/career, what are some places of overlap between Economics and Computer Science? ...
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Do having 2 masters increase the possibility of acceptance in a joint PhD program?

Suppose, a research school in the USA offers a Joint/Dual (Education + English) PhD program. That university has an acceptance rate of 27%. Understandably, someone with either an MA in Education or ...
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Double major vs single major and multiple minors [closed]

I am currently enrolled at the engineering school of a large university (as a freshman). I am set on majoring in Computer Science, and have been taking courses towards the requirements of that major. ...
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Phd in AI with an undergraduate degree completely unrelated

I am not sure if it is the right place to ask such a question, but I don't know any other place that would provide a serious answer or advice for me. I am an undergraduate student (and a Sophomore ...
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2 majors with average grades or 1 major with excellent grades?

Is it incentivised to pursuit two (related) majors (eg. Math and Aero- Space Engineering) or a single major (eg. Math)? The question is asked with the premise that if one chose a single major, one ...
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what is the difference between a double major and dual specialisations in regards to a masters degree?

I'm reviewing a masters programme in counselling and consulting psychology, but am confused as to whether this is a dual specialisation or double major. What are there criteria for both? Points to ...
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Experience needed to transition from undergrad to graduate school of two completely different majors

I just graduated in May 2018 with an undergraduate bachelor degree in Computer Science from a pretty good university. During my time at the university, I always had aspirations of attending graduate ...
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Where to find details on Bachelor degrees majoring in IT?

I have been asked to design a major in IT (Information Technology). I am not based in US, and I didn't graduate in US. So, I am not familiar with US graduation system. However, I have been asked to ...
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Double major workloads? [closed]

I am entering Hofstra University this fall as a mechanical engineering student, and I am curious what the workload would be like if I took a second major in mathematics? To clarify my situation, here ...
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How do you pick a major when you're interested in pursuing advanced study in an interdisciplinary field?

I have a keen interest in some interdisciplinary fields such as neurophilosophy, neuroethics, and neuroaesthethics. In the end, I have chosen to study biology, but I am not entirely sure if it is the ...
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Consequences of taking 5 years to graduate with a double major?

What effect might it have on my chances of getting into a graduate school and my employment prospects if it took 5 years (or 4.5 years) to graduate? My plan currently is to take a double major in ...
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List of majors offered by each US College/Univ [closed]

Where can I acquire/obtain a list of majors offered by each US college? Preferably in excel?
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Explaining Poorly Chosen Major and Average Grades

I am a Mechanical Engineering major applying for Ph.D. programs in Physics (in the US) who was always interested in Theoretical Physics but chose Mechanical Engineering due to a poor career choice at ...
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Double major or specialization? [closed]

I am a freshman at a university and so I am a little confused on to what type of courses should I be taking since there is a limit on the number of courses I can take. I have three options Double ...
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Pros and cons of double majoring vs a Master's [closed]

I've looked into double majoring at my university and it seems that, as is apparently common, it's very likely that if I go down this track I will not graduate in 4 years, but probably in 5 or 6. This ...
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Is it possible to change the major from engineering to humanity (after master) for phd?

I'm a M.A.Sc (equivalent with M.Sc.) student majoring in electrical and computer engineering at a top-tier Canadian university. My undergraduate studies were, reasonably, related to computer science ...
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GPA data across majors

I read an article recently showing research data of the average graduating GPAs for various majors. It was a discussion piece about whether or not humanities majors were more likely to have higher ...
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Why is having multiple college majors seen as a bad thing when applying to graduate school?

I have been told that triple (or more) majoring and/or taking numerous minors is seen as a bad quality when applying to graduate school. Can anybody explain we why they do not want academically ...
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How well does "Applied Mathematics" cover "pure math?" [closed]

Ill be going into my first year of college fairly soon, with a prominent interest in studying and researching (as a career) pure/theoretical mathematics (especially number theory). However, the ...
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Changes in major revision

Can I change statistical results (mistakes) a discussion section with new results in a major revision stage? I corrected all the comments of reviewers but I don't know what should i do in this case. ...
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Is computer science worth double majoring in for an aspiring Data Scientist? [closed]

I'm currently a computational Statistics major at UC Davis and have my eyes set on becoming a data scientist. I like both fields of stats and computer science, but not sure if I want to put in the ...
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Do admissions care about one's minor?

If I am a biology major from a lower tier liberal arts school, and I wanted to make myself more attractive for future applications( ie: grad school, job listings), should I bother obtaining a minor in ...
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Professor Job Prospects for PhD in Computer Science vs Computational Neuroscience?

If one wants to do research in computational neuroscience, which PhD program would increase the chances of getting a professor job at a research university immediately upon graduation from that PhD ...
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Should I explain change of major in my statement of purpose?

During my masters program I changed my major from Molecular Biology to Biotechnology. Should I explain in my statement of purpose for PhD programs why I changed my major?
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How does your institution credit a department's support of, and participation in, interdisciplinary programs?

In these lean economic times, traditional majors are in danger of being cut if they cannot keep up their numbers (at least in many small liberal arts colleges). Simultaneously, interdisciplinary ...
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Switching majors at a critical stage [closed]

I'm about to finish my 4th semester as a pure mathematics undergraduate. I took one introductory course to programming in my first semester, and another more advanced one lately. Although it was only ...
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How do I convince my school to allow me to double major? [closed]

I am currently a second-semester freshman. For the last several years of my life, I've been pondering over what to choose as my major. My last two years of high school, I took university math courses, ...
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Measure quality of new born major

How should I go about determining the quality of an undergraduate program that is just starting given that the field in general is relatively young? To be more specific, I am considering a new cyber ...
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How important is the "major" of the PhD?

For sake of argument, let's say I obtain a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's degree in physics, and then a PhD in physical chemistry but from a department of chemistry. Can I then go on to be a ...
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What majors study both computer and maths?

I would like to apply for a Master degree. I'm looking for a major that study both Computer and Maths. Can anyone tell me what such major are?
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If my research is applying methods from field X to field Y, should I do my PhD in field X or field Y?

Let's say I'm a PhD student in a field, let's call it X, and my research is all based on taking the methods developed in field X and applying them to some other fields, let's call them Y, Z, and W. ...
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How to narrow down a field of study when you enjoy and perform well in every subject?

Might it be odd for a student to love and have excellent academic performance in all subjects—I am that student. I am really confused what to study in the university. My grades are similar (high) in ...
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For a future in physics, should I pursue a dual major as opposed to just taking extra physics courses in mathematics degree? [closed]

I'm an undergrad studying mathematics right now. I have a very big interest in mathematical applications of physics, and I have been debating whether or not I should change my degree to a dual major (...
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Is it necessary to double major with math to be considered for theor. physics grad school?

So here is my situation. I'm an undergraduate physics major right now (second-year) at a moderately-good university. I've experienced a bit of analysis and algebra (and almost nothing in topology, ...
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What major is beneficial for a long-term career goal in medical robotics/ robotics/ artificial intelligence?

I have done my undergraduate degree in a Indian university in electronics and communication engineering and have done a job in one of my field of interest medical image processing and I worked in ...
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"Electronics and Communications Engineering" equivalent in the U.S.A

I graduated from a European University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Engineering Degree) and I'm about to move in the United States. My specialization/ major would be Telecommunications ...
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I am about to be a senior in high school and I just have a question about doubling majors, minoring, and getting Phd's

So i am really interested in psychology, law, film studies, and writing. (very different topics) Could i double major in psychology and say political science and minor in film studies and something ...
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Should I declare a minor if it is not required?

With my current major (Medical Lab Science) I am not required to declare a minor at my university. However, the program's supervisor informed me that through taking all of the required courses to ...
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