By Kyra-lin Hom
When I was in undergrad, we film school students used to play 'guess the major' when killing time in our film school lobby. We'd lounge under the monitors displaying recent student projects sans volume and point out the loud and manic production majors, the quirky, quieter screenwriters, the good-natured, techno-nerd recording arts majors – so on and so forth. These general distinctions are hardly unusual. For example, here at the University of Chicago, there is a 'friendly' rivalry between the law and business school students comprised of mutual mocking. Even the professors get involved.
It's well accepted college lore than certain programs attract certain types of people. But a recent article published by Government Executive online went a step further. It compiled five separate surveys, conducted over seven decades, looking for a correlation between general aptitude test scores and college major. In other words, is your college major an indicator of your intelligence? The results gleaned over 70 years were remarkably consistent.More ›