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Double majoring in engineering and liberal arts

  1. Nov 30, 2007 #1
    Hey all, I've got a academic question for you.

    I have been wondering if a second degree in philosophy (science and math option) in addition to my degree in materials engineering would be a help in getting into a materials phd program in the US? I have a 2.9 GPA, which is extremely low, due to family problems these last two semesters. That alone should be crippling to my chances, but I am only a sophomore, and have two and a half years, at least, to bring it up. I love both subjects, but I can only see myself teaching and working in engineering at the University level. Philosophy is a way for me to "ground" what I learn in technical classes, if that makes any sense. I'm currently registered for a philosophy minor, but it looks more and more like I'll be able to complete the BA in an extra semester. In addition, I have research experience in an unrelated department through a women in technology initiative, and I will be applying to a lab in my department for the spring. I am in a handful of engineering, political, and sports clubs, but I understand that these don't matter as much for graduate school admissions. Would a minor in philosophy and a minor in chemistry be better, admissions-wise?

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  3. Dec 1, 2007 #2
    If you are looking simply for a way to get into graduate school, before applying for a dual major, I would suggest talking to someone in the materials engineering department about materials related research. Chances are, you could probably even get paid to do something in the materials lab. Do what you can to learn the tools relevant to materials engineering. If you can pull it off, a good recommendation by someone you work for would be more of a benefit than an extra degree in philosophy.

    If you really want a degree in philosophy, go for it, but not as a means to get into materials engineering.
  4. Dec 11, 2007 #3
    That's a great point, I guess I'm looking for a way to justify the extra degree to my parents. I think I'm going to go for it, and apply to the labs I was looking at. Thanks!
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