A period of transition with Computer Science as a Major at Stanford

Stanford University one of the premier centers for higher learning and research in the field of global education is showing the way about how the era’s culture and history has been changing. There is a massive change in the majors that were studied by the students during 1955 and today. During the periods of 1955 and 1965 there was a time when any graduate opting for liberal arts as a major landed to work in a business. At that time history was the most popular major with Political Science and Economics following behind.

The period of 75’s saw the emergence of Psychology that ruled as major. The emergence of Ronald Regan as the President of United States of America led the popularity of Finance as a major ruled the era and by 1985 the subject of Economics attracted them.  In 1995 just before the emergence of internet technology the most popular majors were Biological Sciences and Human Biology with the third spot given to Economics.   Now the latest statistics released from the university’s engineering school revealed that Computer Science is the most popular major at Stanford.

The statistics showed more students had enrolled than ever before which is even more than the dot com boom way back in 2000-2001 and it is estimated that more than 90% of the Stanford undergraduates are taking computer science course before they are graduating.  However, putting the statistics of Stanford behind for sometime, as these statistics do not necessarily indicate the preferences of the academic world at large, in the country wide study – the popular major is business.

It is further estimated that a quarter of all undergraduates and more than fifty percent of the graduate students at Stanford are engineering majors implying that Stanford has profound reverence to computer science that truly reflects the current obsession with the technology. The changing pattern of the Stanford majors reminds us on how the present generation is putting too much faith on the digital world.

A college major is looked upon as an earliest gamble of the student that affects his/her overall career prospects when they become adults and which is fastened with their goals of money, success and satisfaction. However, the present trends do indicate that now the students’ solid path is paved with technology and they are seeing their future in the bits and bytes of computer science.

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