Fall 2020 - Undergrad program to be fully remote. Personally I'm an ME student, but I think Caltech ranks pretty high on most lists. Michael Gibilisco, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech Dec 2 | 12 PM in Online Event Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar. Princeton has a really really good alum. Math and physics are probably the most conceptually difficult but have relatively few requirements by comparison. So far I was thinking Ph 219a, BE 196, EE 7, Also interested if you have specific ACM, CMS, Ec, PS, CS recommendations (but anything is good). Join. 0 comments. Caltech's social atmosphere is pretty unique. I've registered for the Pre-Frosh Weekend already so I'm hoping that will make my decision clearer, but right now I think I'm leaning towards Caltech, especially since I am for sure going into the STEM field. 10. pinned by moderators. Caltech is weird enough that it's critical you visit, however. I enjoy novel discovery and research and have been looking at institutions forever and this school I've always had great interests in. On the other hand, Caltech has very small humanities and social sciences departments, and maybe one person per year majors in something that isn't science, engineering, or math. In my opinion math is one of the most versatile majors out there. PS 99 ab. 3. Posted by 8 hours ago. If you decide you don't want to be an engineer you can switch to any best-in-the-country major. A lengthy, and hopefully helpful, reply to this question. It's long but definitely worth reading for prospective students. "Introduction to Political Science" was entirely game theory, "Introduction to Law" is completely based on a law-and-economics approach, etc. I'm wrapping up the end of my masters program and its almost time do decide the next step. What is the application process like and if anyone has personal experience with admitting to caltech, what do they look into the most? And if you want, you will probably be able to get a master's in engineering with an undergrad in maths. What can I do with my political science degree? 218. Meet people, do internships, have an impressive resume. :), EDIT: Thanks everyone for the replies so far! Prerequisites: political science major; completion of a required PS course for major. What do you recommend? Of course it's all accounted for, I'd just like to know other personal experiences from those that attend/have attended cal tech. Shaowei Ke, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan More Events . card classic compact. The thing is.... am I fit for it? Press J to jump to the feed. Humanities. (like other than Ballroom)–– I've spent my entire high school career doing STEM and I kinda wanna get started on dance in college but I heard Arts at Caltech mostly consists of JPL employees . If it isn't absolutely what you want to do (and in many cases, even if it is), it can be a miserable, frustrating experience that is likely to take a toll on your mental health. Many of the social-science classes here are quantitative. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this!! Both are great schools, personally I would go to CalTech. If you are in poli sci (or most Liberal Arts fields) you have to get yourself the job. It's small, it's unforgivingly difficult, and it's almost exclusively populated with super-smart nerds. I'm largely interested in ChemE and ChemE labs, but there is one lab in chemistry that is really speaking to me. Any recommended readings would be greatly appreciated! You might think you really want to be an engineer, but you could still change your mind. The biggest reasons I am currently leaning towards engineering is that engineering has more career options and involves science as well as math, but that being said, I am still pretty unsure of what to expect if I go into engineering. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Most people I know who went to graduate school ended up at top schools, and those who went straight into industry appeared to have no problem landing a job at a prestigious company. Posted by 3 days ago. Career Advice. Can you get your PhD in ChemE but work for a prof in Chemistry? Caltech undergrad here. Reading them have really cemented some thoughts in my head that were a bit unclear before. Thanks! You can walk onto any NCAA team at Caltech. save. If I think of anything else I'll add it later. college is only worth it if you're going to study engineering. Development and presentation of a major research paper on a topic of interest in political science or political economy. It's often love-it-or-hate-it. Princeton will probably give you a much more typical college experience. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Research experience? Also, I could major math instead of engineering at Princeton, as math is another really tempting option for me, especially considering that my strongest point is math and I got into physics and chemistry only later in high school. If I think of anything else I'll add it later. Hot. Publications? Engineering at CalTech is, by most accounts and opinions, the creme of the crop in Engineering degrees. This is a place for engineering students of any discipline to discuss study methods, get homework help, get job search advice, and find a compassionate ear when you get a 40% on your midterm after studying all night. 13. Undergraduate Studies. Caltech is quite different from other schools in a lot of ways; I think this Quora post (http://qr.ae/v79kB) does a good job of describing the undergraduate experience. save. Some are more competitive than others, but at the start of the season we'll literally take anybody. EDIT: I guess I might add one question: how do you personally find the stress and work load? 9 units (3-0-6): first, second terms. share . In any case, Princeton and Caltech are both amazing schools and you'll end up with a valuable degree no matter which one you choose. On the one hand, Caltech focuses on engineering and is academically challenging, and the location is appealing: the weather and city life are really good, and it's relatively close to where I live (west coast Canada). In terms of academics, I would say that Princeton has a slight edge in math and Caltech has a substantial edge in engineering. Press J to jump to the feed. network. Political Science Research Seminar. Its weird to say that this is probably the smartest I've been in my life, yet the potential is not where I wish it would be. I've read both your points and the points on the Quora post, and both are incredibly informative. The only thing I do is to research political science topics outside of work, and run blogs based on political and news events that for the most part no one reads. (Also, a political science course based entirely on game theory sounds amazing). On the other hand, Princeton has great reputation and provides diversity and social life. EE is considered to be one of the hardest majors at Caltech due to its enormous workload. There are so many reasons not to- the key thing is having a reason to do so that overwhelms all the negative externalities. That said, Princeton will undoubtedly give you more connections if you're looking to go into, say, investment banking. Hot New Top Rising. I know poli sci majors who already have jobs in DC lined up and some going to T14 law schools, but they worked their asses off for it. If you have a degree in mathematics from Princeton or Cal Tech, I don't think you will find any trouble as far as employment options are concerned. cal tech all the way! Also, the ratio of males to females is something like 1.5:1. I'm stuck in IT now, 50k a year with full benefits, so sadly my degree has gone to waste. I'm reading all of them and they're all very helpful :D. I'm going to go ahead and say that engineering will most likely provide with you a more comfortable life style due to the higher availability of jobs unless you're pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics after your undergrad. I run cross-country, in case you have any questions about that. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the EngineeringStudents community, Continue browsing in r/EngineeringStudents. Grades? "Introduction to Political Science" was entirely game theory, "Introduction to Law" is completely based on a law-and-economics approach, etc. Can anybody offer some opinions on this? A PhD in political science is a six year commitment. Elite theory: previous essays and current academics? Princeton is top tier at everything it does. In any case, Princeton and Caltech are both amazing schools and you'll end up with a valuable degree no matter which one you choose. 10. Cutting the nonsense, does anyone on this sub know what the transition to an MS->PhD is like? My senior year I will have lots of free space and I want to try cool classes in different fields. If you want to bail out of math into some other STEM field, Caltech is the better option, but if you think there's a good chance you'll ditch STEM altogether, Princeton is the only option. So I recently got accepted to both Caltech and Princeton, and I'm trying to decide which university I should go to for engineering. share. I really think its more of what you want to do in life. Graduated in 2012, yet all the Political Science related jobs are taken despite me living in DC.