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Making Sense of the Academic Hierarchy at Springfield College

Logan Mullen
Managing Editor

Photo courtesy of Drew Broffman.
Photo courtesy of Drew Broffman.

What is the ideal major at Springfield College?

Is it one that will lead to a high paying job? One that prepares you for graduate school or an entry-level job? Whatever the case is, every student that has come through, is at, or will be attending this school (or any school, really) has their reason for being here. And most everyone’s purpose is to prepare themselves for their future.

Then why in the world is there this hierarchy of majors at Springfield College?

And though you may not like it, you can’t argue that it exists.

Far too many times, I’ve experienced myself, as have many others that I’ve talked to that condescending “Oh that’s cool” when I tell someone I’m a sports journalism major. I’ve heard of similar results with physical education, criminal justice and sports management majors. I imagine the list goes on and on.

Look, I get it. I am not in a major that caps how many applicants it admits, or has rigorous standards or tests in order to stay in my program, but it’s not like I sit around twiddling my thumbs to earn my degree.

However, there are plenty of people on campus who would like to think and convince you otherwise.

An actual tweet I read last year claimed people who studied in the library during finals were “fake” because they had not been spending time in there all semester.

The reality is, there is more to a degree program than just what you do in the classroom. I’ll be the first to admit that my course load probably is not the most “challenging” in some standards. They are largely discussion based, but in their own right they are challenging as all get.

I’m by no means a science person. I took basic concepts of biology and felt like a fish out of water. Does that make me inferior to other students in science programs? I wouldn’t say so, as I could probably throw quite a few people in front of audio or video editing software and they would be equally lost.

Not to mention the amount of writing and essays students in English or journalism-based majors have to crank out on a regular basis.

Now this is not to say people in other, more science-based majors don’t deserve what they work for. That’s not what the purpose of the column is, because they all work incredibly hard. They will certainly make an impact one day, but so will people who go down the road less traveled at Springfield.

One thing that I find people conveniently forget in the “harder” majors is that there are certainly a fair share of majors that require you start internships early, or do multiple internships, or participate in multiple on-campus clubs pertaining to the major. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it all balances out in the end.

Springfield College has a lot to offer academically. There are a plethora of majors offered, some I’m sure many students on campus didn’t even know existed. Some of those majors are more rigorous in the application process or in the classroom – but don’t forget there are plenty that are equally rigorous outside of the classroom.

There is certainly an entitlement that I have perceived throughout this campus based on certain majors of study.

It exists, but it doesn’t need to. Just keep that in mind the next time you hear those murmurs around campus that perpetuate the academic hierarchy.

Logan Mullen can be reached at

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