Double Major and Graduate Admissions

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filtream
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Double Major and Graduate Admissions

Postby filtream » Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:28 pm

If all else is considered equal (i.e., a candidate has adequate classes, recommendations, research, reputable undergrad institution), can doing a double major in a completely unrelated subject (say, English or Music) hurt one's chances of admission to a top-notch pure math graduate program?

p-adic
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Re: Double Major and Graduate Admissions

Postby p-adic » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:30 am

Yes. Suppose you double major in Russian and someone reading your application has very negative views of Russia these days and "unfairly" recommends the other guy over you for it.

BreakingBad
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Re: Double Major and Graduate Admissions

Postby BreakingBad » Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:58 am

I'm not sure if the above is a joke post or not.

p-adic
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Re: Double Major and Graduate Admissions

Postby p-adic » Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:08 pm

OP asked if it's possible or not. It is possible, but highly unlikely. I've had people ask me my political thoughts on Russia in job interviews because I speak Russian, and it's listed on my resume.




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