sjj05 wrote:STOP: HAMMERTIME
Since when is political science not a hard major? I fail to be impressed when students who major in engineering, applied mathematics, etc... bitch and moan about how GPAs are arbitrary and should not be heavily weighted in law school admissions. If you want someone to take your sciences/engineering degree seriously, apply to MIT for some kind of graduate program. This is law school, everyone majors in political science or english, which, coincidentally, at any 4-year private liberal arts college worth its salt, is a difficult, reading and writing intensive major. Don't try to compare my degree to someone's communications/criminal justice/anthropology degree from Penn State or WVU. It's not my fault you majored in something ridiculous.
I agree with this to degree. I have known kids that have transfered out of poly-sci into a hard science major and ended up doing tremendously better. It depends on how you think, what you like, etc. I know a lot of science majors that are "pre-med" and getting straight C's and it is due to the fact that they simply don't put much effort into their studies ( I know this is not the case all the time, but I think it is more common than people let on). To tell me it is harder to get a 2.0 in a chem or math major than it is to get a 3.8+ in poly-sci isn't right.
It depends how smart you are, what your strengths are, and how much worse you are willing to put in.
For someone with average to below average intelligence it may be harder to get a 2.0 in physics than to get a 3.8 in poli sci, because no matter how hard someone tries they may not be able to get an A in hard science courses.
But for two people who can get LSAT's that qualify them for the T14, the 3.8 is much harder than a 2.0.
The minimum required intelligence for science and math classes is higher than for philosophy, history classes and business classes. That being said just about everyone at a T14 is well above the minimum intelligence for both.
You also have people who can't read and write, but can do math. For them poli sci would be a nightmare. But for a normal person, liberal arts classes are pretty easy. It is basically about how much work you put in.
You take someone like me, add in laziness, and doing as little work as possible, and I get B's with a sprinkling of C's, yet in the few philosophy and history classes I took, I got A-'s with almost no effort.
Fundamentally science courses are more problem solving while liberal arts are much more memorization based.
My point really is that its extremely hard to compare a GPA in a liberal art and one in math/science/engineering.
A 2.7 in engineering could mean they didn't work as hard as most did (which BTW is a lot in engineering, people study an insane amount of hours), or it could mean they just aren't that bright.
A 2.7 in liberal arts usually means the person put no effort in. A 3.5 in liberal arts could be mean smart and lazy, or average with a decent work ethic.