Reflections at the Intersection of American History, Religion, Politics, and Academic Life
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
History Majors Usually Don't Marry History Majors
If I am reading this Washington Post article correctly, only 7% of history majors marry another history major. This pales in comparison to theology and ministry majors. 21% of majors in these fields marry one of their fellow-majors.
I am not sure what this all means or why it is so important, but it is interesting. Check out the chart here to see where your major falls on the marriage scale. In the meantime, here is a taste of the article:
Dan Kopf of the blog Priceonomics analyzed U.S. Census data and found that the percentage of Americans who marry someone within their own major is actually fairly high.
About half of Americans are married, according to the 2012 American Community Survey (part of the Census). And about 28 percent of married couples over the age of 22 both graduated from college. (The survey didn't recognize same-sex marriages for the 2012 data, but it will for 2013 onwards, says Kopf.)
Among the 50 most common college majors, more than 10 percent of married partners that both had college degrees had the same major, according to Kopf's analysis of the data.
As you might guess, the propensity to wed varies by major. The undergrad major in which it is most common is theology and religious vocations, where 21 percent of couples had the same major. Next is general science, followed by pharmacy, music and computer science.