IamJosh wrote:See, the thing is, argumentation is not about being right. It's making a strong case that you are. If I decide the Cat in the Hat is representative of Jesus, I'd have to make a case. You learn to do that.
Anyone who majors in English to get a job is dumb. I really enjoy literature. I tell my friends I'm going to be a well educated homeless person. Value is arbitrary. To me, it is fulfilling. To others, it's worthless. I accept that completely.
The bottom line for English is that anybody who can read can get the degree. But, while not as hard as MANY other majors, a 4.0 as an English major is tough at a good school. A lot is expected of you. But I will always believe that there are valuable skills taught.
This thread should be about what UG's will get you some leniency from adcomms, anyway. BME's at unranked schools probably had an easier time than social science majors at Ivies.
I don't think determining the leniency one gets from adcomms by virtue of one's major is particularly fruitful. Most argue one's GPA is all that matters. Others argue otherwise. The answer probably lies somewhere in-between in that, a relatively more difficult major can be a tie-breaker, in the unlikely event that all other things are equal. All other things are seldom equal though. I can't imagine two candidates being alike in all respects save their majors.
I mean if we consider relative difficulty of major, we'd have to consider the fact that studying sequential logic as part of philosophy gives one an undue advantage in the LSAT and so on and so forth. Then we'd have to consider the relative prestige of one's undergrad and then grade-inflation or deflation and so on and so forth.
You can argue about leniency but a 3.0 in Nuclear physics is not going to beat a 3.8 in Communications. The whole purpose of the LSAT is to serve as an equalizer but even that is somewhat arbitrary. USNWR doesn't really care about difficulty of majors. There are plenty of people who can ace a math test but find English difficult. Who decides difficulty? Is Hemingway smarter than Mozart? Is Voltaire smarter than Curie? How about Friedman versus Poe?