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  1. So I either want to major in Math/Econ or Stats/Econ. I'm not sure yet, but in the future I may consider applying to graduate political science programs. I still need to take more stats courses to get a feel of what I'm more interested in, but in terms of grad poli sci, which major is more useful? The thing is, the school I plan on transferring to has a great math program but the stats program is so-so. But in terms of my interests if I don't go to grad poli sci school, I think the applied focus of the school's stat major may be more useful to me and saves me the trouble of suffering throu
  2. I actually am interested in economics as a discipline, and the classes outside the regular theory classes look very interesting. I just feel that many undergraduate political science programs aren't too strong. However, I am also somewhat interested in theory—I'm both quantitatively and qualitatively inclined, I suppose. I would love to work for a think tank or in any type of policy setting. I also wouldn't mind doing research and being a professor, but I am more inclined to do something else.
  3. So right now I'm stuck between Statistics/Economics and Statistics/Philosophy. I would really love to go to graduate school for political science, with one of my fields of concentration being political methodology. I'm pretty dead set on statistics, but what about the other majors? I likely won't have enough time to take classes outside my major(s) at this point. I really want to get into a program at a school like Stanford or Duke. I'm also very open to doing a joint JD/PhD.
  4. Part of the reason I'm not studying political science in my undergrad is because if for whatever reason I don't go to graduate school, my employment options with a political science degree are severely limited. I'm already interested in economics and with a stats and economics background I would likely have better employment prospects. I understand an interest in politics is different from an academic study in it; I can only assert that I really do understand this difference and that I do have an academic interest.
  5. Thank you everyone for your comments and advice! raptureonfire, I'm more interested in a public policy oriented career. I won't be able to tack on a political science degree because I don't have the time for a triple major (stats/econ isn't part of a single program). Are you suggesting Stats and Poli Sci over stats and econ? If I'm interested in public policy/political economy, which combination seems to be most useful?
  6. I'm currently a stats/econ major interested in going into something public policy related or graduate political science programs. From what I can tell, an undergrad in political science doesn't necessarily teach you anything you can't learn yourself (correct me if I'm wrong). But at the same time, is an econ major necessary if I'm already doing stats? Because it seems as if econ is considered one of the more "respectable" social sciences because of its quantitative nature. But then again, this double major also provides a good cushion if I don't end up going to graduate school. Any advice
  7. I am interested in going into law school or graduate studies in political science. (My interest in political science is more than being "interested in politics;" I know what I'd be getting into.) So for my undergrad I am considering a math major with a stats concentration (or a stats major if my school offers it) with political science. However, I'm afraid that if something well out of my control happens and I can't attend law or graduate school for any reason, I'm stuck with a poli sci undergrad. So would math/econ be better, just in case I need the backup? The only issue I have with doin
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