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February 21, 2006

Which majors are smartest?

Interesting post at Political Calculations using the results of 20 years of standardized tests to compare the intelligence of individuals in various disciplines.

Overall, the results generally follow what common sense would predict - engineers do exceptionally well in demonstrating math proficiency but below average in verbal skills (at least on the GRE!) Conversely, we see the opposite pattern for English majors on the same tests, which we would also expect! Overall, the best performances were turned in by
those with degrees in philosophy.

Majors included in the results are biology, business, chemistry, education, engineering, english, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Posted by kfolger at February 21, 2006 03:17 PM


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