Most prestigious undergrad major??

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What are people's thoughts? I would say anything vocational (business, engineering) is automatically prole.

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  • VP in PE - LBOs
May 22, 2020 - 6:33pm

To be clear I'm saying business and engineering are NOT prestigious. Truly prestigious majors are things like art history, classics, etc.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 22, 2020 - 6:33pm

Philosophy and Art history

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May 22, 2020 - 11:10pm

@ NYU Tisch

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 22, 2020 - 8:29pm

Aeronautics and Astronautics

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May 22, 2020 - 10:36pm

Physics or any subcategory of physics. Everyone knows you’re smart if you’re majored in Physics

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
May 22, 2020 - 10:55pm

Egyptology - Brown

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
May 22, 2020 - 10:56pm

What you study: Students “explore the histories, languages, cultures and sciences of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and their neighbors” and “will be exposed to the critical study of the ancient cultures of these regions (ca. 3400 B.C.E.–100 C.E.) using the tools of archaeology, epigraphy, and historical inquiry.”

Example courses: Imagining the Gods: Myths and Myth-making in Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Babylonian Magic and Medicine, Ancient Scientific Texts: Akkadian, Archaeology and Text

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
May 22, 2020 - 11:06pm

Imagine at a cocktail party when someone asks what you're studying and you respond by lowering your champagne flute and saying ...

"Babylonian Magic"

just wow right ... such prefffffftige

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
May 23, 2020 - 8:32am

whatever major that lets you take fly fishing as a class

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

 
May 23, 2020 - 10:26am

Smart with regards to pure raw intellect is any hard science (Biology, Physics, etc...not Environmental Studies or some BS like that), Engineering, Philosophy (hit or miss), etc.

WASP/White Privilege major: Political Science

Saying you majored in economics is like saying your hobby is traveling.

 
May 23, 2020 - 3:46pm

I think you boost your profile significantly by double majoring (1 hard, 1 soft). Always impressed by Finance/Art History or Physics/Drama or weird combos like that. It shows you have varied interests but recognize the value of time and the effort it takes to explore those interests.

 
  • Intern in PE - Other
May 27, 2020 - 3:38am

I've been thinking of getting a minor in Drama in addition to my major in Finance. Do you think this is as good as double majoring? I've been weighing the opportunity costs that even a minor in Drama (it's more time intensive than people think) could have.

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May 24, 2020 - 3:01pm

I know 90% of this thread is satire, so I'll up it with ironically not being satirical, unironically.

Economics. The modern intellectuals. This major unlocks your potential and access to the top echelon of jobs in any industry.
Lobbyists, hedge funds, private equity, investment banking, the "money printer go BRRRR", consulting, research, and bar-tending...the list can go on! no pigeonholing here!

Some of the most intelligent people were/are economists - Friedman, Mao, Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez...all pinnacle examples of individuals who benefited the world greatly with their contributions to theory and government policies.

Anyone who says otherwise is a spreadsheet monkey drone who can't understand anything beside money or graphs --- all which economists invented. In-fact, without the economy, things like civilization wouldn't exist.

Checkmate, financebros.

 
  • VP in PE - LBOs
May 26, 2020 - 2:30pm

She is our future president, you're just INTIMIDATED by the idea of a WOMAN being in charge because of your FRAGILE TOXIC MALE PRIVILEDGE.

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May 28, 2020 - 6:11am

Jacoby n Myers:

I know 90% of this thread is satire, so I'll up it with ironically not being satirical, unironically.

Economics. The modern intellectuals. This major unlocks your potential and access to the top echelon of jobs in any industry.
Lobbyists, hedge funds, private equity, investment banking, the "money printer go BRRRR", consulting, research, and bar-tending...the list can go on! no pigeonholing here!

Some of the most intelligent people were/are economists - Friedman, Mao, Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez...all pinnacle examples of individuals who benefited the world greatly with their contributions to theory and government policies.

Anyone who says otherwise is a spreadsheet monkey drone who can't understand anything beside money or graphs --- all which economists invented. In-fact, without the economy, things like civilization wouldn't exist.

Checkmate, financebros.

Uhh, no, not even close. And I say this as someone with an Econ degree.

There are people answering this based on different axes of prestige and Economics is not really the top of any of those axes, even if it does okay in some of them.

If prestige is having the levers of culture, then humanities are superior (especially since humanities signal class by not caring about post-graduation earning prospects).

If prestige is cozying up to the levers of power, then law is superior.

If prestige is helping people, then medicine is superior.

If prestige is a show of intellectual rigor, then Math, Physics, or another hard science is superior.

If prestige is expected earning outcome, then Engineering is superior.

If prestige is what tells the best story, then straight up dropping out is superior.

Honestly, Economics doesn't come close on most of these axes. Economics is incredibly useful, practical, and advisable - which almost definitionally makes it commonplace and un-prestigious.

Jacoby n Myers:

Economics. The modern intellectuals.

See IYI: https://medium.com/incerto/the-intellectual-yet-idiot-13211e2d0577

“Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do”
 
May 28, 2020 - 6:47am

Sorry to reply to my own goddamn post, but I thought of a way more succinct way of explaining it:

  • Economics is only perceived to be prestigious if you are obsessing over earning potential.

  • Obsessing over earning potential is a middle class value.

  • Middle class values are given zero weight in matters of prestige.

QED.

“Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do”
 
May 26, 2020 - 9:58am

Aerospace engineering (or some sort of physics) and classics double major with the pre-med track achieved, minor in economics or international relations but no intention to pursue a career in it. Full fluency in a language, completely learned at school.

Least prestigious majors: Finance and Poly Sci

Dayman?
 
May 28, 2020 - 5:39am
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