Old farts who went to college years ago, what was your major?

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    Mar 01, 2014 9:37 AM GMT
    There's another interesting thread on rj asking current college students what their major is. I didn't want to post there for fear of disrupting the intent of that thread. So here's one for us older guys.

    As for me, back in the day I majored in music at Penn. (B.A. degree --- musicology and music theory --the joke back then being that "music should be seen and not heard.")
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    Mar 01, 2014 11:40 AM GMT
    Mine was Mathematics. I did an integrated course of Bachelor + Master. Instead of usual 6 years, it was a 5 year course, one year discount for doing it together.
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    Mar 01, 2014 11:42 AM GMT
    How long ago?

    I have two associates degrees - Computer Information Systems and Accounting.

    I have a BBA (Bachelor's in Business Administration).

    I have an MBA (Master's in Business Administration) with an Accounting and Finance emphasis.

    In April I will begin my PhD program. It will be a PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    Wish me luck.
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    Mar 01, 2014 11:46 AM GMT
    Economics. Of course, since the credit crunch, much of what I learned has been widely discredited icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 01, 2014 12:20 PM GMT
    Good luck with your PhD, Quest! You know the joke, right? How many graduate students does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: One, but it takes him eight years.
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    Mar 01, 2014 2:08 PM GMT
    BBA in Accounting. I didn't even know what an accountant did when I started school, but I do like the work even now, all these many many years later.
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    Mar 01, 2014 2:11 PM GMT
    MAA, Master of Assicon_twisted.gif to be honest. The rest was just busy work.
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    Mar 01, 2014 2:14 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidHow long ago?

    I have two associates degrees - Computer Information Systems and Accounting.

    I have a BBA (Bachelor's in Business Administration).

    I have an MBA (Master's in Business Administration) with an Accounting and Finance emphasis.

    In April I will begin my PhD program. It will be a PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    Wish me luck.


    Great, a perpetual student! However, to me those subjects are in the same category as the kidney stone I passed a while back.
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    Mar 01, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    Mine was Aeronautical engineering , and i came out of college with a reliability engineering degree ,never used it , I became an airline steward ..icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 01, 2014 7:09 PM GMT
    I got a bunch of degrees in microbiology and bacteriology. Then I ended up working in mostly geology and geochemistry. Go figure. icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 01, 2014 7:18 PM GMT
    Started out with and Accounting Major, dropped out then went back many years later and got a BS in Computer Science and a BS Mass Communications with a Minor in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. Then got an MBA.
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    Mar 01, 2014 7:46 PM GMT
    I was a linguistics major with a minor in Finance. The focus was to get into the financial sector dealing with international relations. Then I saw how corporate finance is always hungry for profits and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve such a goal.

    Then in my mid-30's, I switched to healthcare and it was the best decision I've made thus far.
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    Mar 01, 2014 8:39 PM GMT
    I started as a Math major but then I started learning computers on my own and then was helping a professor who had his own minicomputer (sort of like a small mainframe). Late 70s, just before desktop computers. He hired me and I quit school and never went back. This was back in the days when self taught programmers were more the norm and as long as you had the knowledge and experience you would get hired.
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    Mar 01, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    Information Systems. Kinda wish I skipped college. Everything I know and use now is based on open source. It can all be learned for free, online.
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    Mar 01, 2014 11:13 PM GMT
    Advertising Art, English
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    Mar 02, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    BA in Spanish Language and Literature
    MA in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language (which has been my career(
    EdD in Educational Administration (been there, did that, went back to the classroom...)
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    Mar 02, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    Lamplighting with a minor in blacksmithing.
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    Mar 02, 2014 4:58 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidLamplighting with a minor in blacksmithing.

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  • Suetonius

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    Mar 02, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    Biology.
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    Mar 02, 2014 5:34 AM GMT
    I was a dual major. I got a BA in Sociology & Theater with a minor in English. Wrote and acted for awhile, bulk of my work has been in the insurance business.
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    Mar 02, 2014 7:08 AM GMT
    lol so many cotton tops in here. lmao. old people are hilarious.
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    Mar 02, 2014 4:34 PM GMT
    YourName2000 saidElectronics Engineering Technology.

    Used it for about 2 years...which is to say the course took longer than the industry lasted after I was done. When I started, people actually 'fixed' electronics (novel idea)...by the time I was finished, they'd already started just replacing the entire board/daughter card and throwing the old one out...no technologist required. icon_confused.gif

    It's a pretty decent degree from what I have seen. Electronics engineers are generally well paid, and there are more than enough jobs for them.
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    Mar 02, 2014 4:58 PM GMT
    Import saidlol so many cotton tops in here. lmao. old people are hilarious.



    Aren't we ? icon_biggrin.gif