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Which looks better coming out of college?

thehstrybean

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I'm an anthropology major, btw, specializing in historical archaeology with a minor in history. Really, the only difference at my school is 2 years of language required for the BA, and I'm taking Greek anyways. But which one carries more weight or looks better coming out of college?
 
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A degree is a degree.

You're not going to get a job (or lose it to someone else) because you had an A or an S after your B.
 

Parasitic

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For a major like anthro I wouldn't say there's any significant difference between a BS and BA anyways. Just go with a degree program you like more.
 

thehstrybean

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Originally posted by: Pepsi90919
everyone on ATOT has the BS degree
Hahaha. True that.

My parents tried to tell me a BS looked better, but some graduate programs like BAs better, so I'm pretty torn...
 

kamaz

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Originally posted by: thehstrybean
My parents tried to tell me a BS looked better, but some graduate programs like BAs better, so I'm pretty torn...
My parents told me the exact same thing. My dad says "anybody" can earn a BA, and that a BS looks better and will get you better jobs. ***** I just need to choose a major:confused:
 

Whisper

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The option to get a BA in psych at UGA expired a year or so before I graduated; beyond that, I'd already more than fulfilled the BS requirements during my stint as a pre-med student, so BS it was.

However, I wouldn't say that either necessarily looks better coming out. What's more important is how well you did in your classes, and most especially your major coursework.
 

Orsorum

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I have a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting concentration). Neither degree designation makes a difference in the real world. Can you learn new things, think critically and analyze complex data, and apply the results accurately in your work environment? Then who cares a flying fvck about whether an S or an A follow your bachelors degree?
 

SacrosanctFiend

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The difference between a B.A. and a B.S. (for most lib arts majors) at my school was replacing electives with two math classes. I really don't think one carries significant weight over the other, nor should it.
 

mrkun

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Originally posted by: Orsorum
I have a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting concentration). Neither degree designation makes a difference in the real world. Can you learn new things, think critically and analyze complex data, and apply the results accurately in your work environment? Then who cares a flying fvck about whether an S or an A follow your bachelors degree?
Huh, it's usually Bus. Admin. that's a B.S. and Econ is a B.A. How'd you get a B.S. in Econ anyway? Taking a few extra math courses?
 
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Originally posted by: RollWave
I had no option. I got BA in Biology and Religion.
Were you trying to double in the two most diametrically opposed subjects you could find?
*head asplodes*
 

mrkun

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Originally posted by: Whoozyerdaddy
Originally posted by: RollWave
I had no option. I got BA in Biology and Religion.
Were you trying to double in the two most diametrically opposed subjects you could find?
*head asplodes*
They're only diametrically opposed if you're a fundy protestant. Catholics in particular have no problem with the two co-existing.
 

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Originally posted by: mrkun
Originally posted by: Orsorum
I have a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting concentration). Neither degree designation makes a difference in the real world. Can you learn new things, think critically and analyze complex data, and apply the results accurately in your work environment? Then who cares a flying fvck about whether an S or an A follow your bachelors degree?
Huh, it's usually Bus. Admin. that's a B.S. and Econ is a B.A. How'd you get a B.S. in Econ anyway? Taking a few extra math courses?
I've never heard of Business Admin being a B.S. At my college, frankly, the "analysis" side of the equation was understated compared to the basic Economics curriculum.

I took more math-oriented Economics courses (though just one extra in terms of credits) and extra math courses to obtain the Econ B.S.
 

mrkun

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Originally posted by: Orsorum
Originally posted by: mrkun
Originally posted by: Orsorum
I have a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting concentration). Neither degree designation makes a difference in the real world. Can you learn new things, think critically and analyze complex data, and apply the results accurately in your work environment? Then who cares a flying fvck about whether an S or an A follow your bachelors degree?
Huh, it's usually Bus. Admin. that's a B.S. and Econ is a B.A. How'd you get a B.S. in Econ anyway? Taking a few extra math courses?
I've never heard of Business Admin being a B.S.
It might be a California thing, but it's standard fare here. Although I thought Wharton gave a B.S. degree as well.
 

JRock

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B.S., Information Technology: Computer Networking and Telecommunication

How's that for a long ass degree...
 

pontifex

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i'm confused as to how one would look better over the other? wouldn't it depend on the job you want?

i mean, if you wanted to be a programmer, you wouldn't have a BA in English, you'd have a BS in Computer Science or something like that.

If you wanted to be an English teacher, you wouldn't go in with a BS in computer science, you'd go in with a BA in English.

Right?
 

RollWave

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Originally posted by: Whoozyerdaddy
Originally posted by: RollWave
I had no option. I got BA in Biology and Religion.
Were you trying to double in the two most diametrically opposed subjects you could find?
*head asplodes*

Not really, I just happened to have a strong interest in both. You have no idea how many of my interviewers asked me that exact question! Haha :D
 

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Originally posted by: mrkun
Originally posted by: Orsorum
Originally posted by: mrkun
Originally posted by: Orsorum
I have a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting concentration). Neither degree designation makes a difference in the real world. Can you learn new things, think critically and analyze complex data, and apply the results accurately in your work environment? Then who cares a flying fvck about whether an S or an A follow your bachelors degree?
Huh, it's usually Bus. Admin. that's a B.S. and Econ is a B.A. How'd you get a B.S. in Econ anyway? Taking a few extra math courses?
I've never heard of Business Admin being a B.S.
It might be a California thing, but it's standard fare here. Although I thought Wharton gave a B.S. degree as well.
If I'd gone to Wharton I'd probably be on Wall Street right now. :cool:

I don't think the distinction matters much for the business world. For engineers and other hard-sciences folk I think the distinction is much more important.
 

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