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What's your degree?
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Poll: What's your degree?
Doctorate (PhD, MD, JD etc.)
BA/BS or equivalent
Associate degree
High school/GED
Have a heart, I'm still in middle/high school!
I attended the school of life/hard knocks
I graduated from a technical training program
other (what?
View Results (67 votes)


May 28 2009, 12:14am

Post #1 of 58 (786 views)
What's your degree? Can't Post

Now that Our Draupne is "Dr." Draupne, I'm curious to know what others have achieved education-wise. If you have an advanced degree or technical certification, what is it in? And if you haven't yet got a degree or certificate, are you planning on it sometime and what are you interested in, if you know?

Arwen's daughter

May 28 2009, 12:28am

Post #2 of 58 (426 views)
Bachelor of Arts [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a BA in Art History and Classical Antiquity from the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks!). I always meant to go on to grad school, but somehow it just hasn't happened.

Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea

May 28 2009, 2:00am

Post #3 of 58 (439 views)
I put "other"... [In reply to] Can't Post

While I have a GED, I am certainly not finished with school, and don't want to be known as just having a GED Laugh I am working towards a BA. If all goes according to plan, I'll have it by 2012 or 2013. I have no idea what happens after that.


May 28 2009, 3:37am

Post #4 of 58 (420 views)
what in? [In reply to] Can't Post

or is it too soon to say? I changed majors six times my freshman year of college . . . although that was mostly because everyone told me not to major in English because I'd never get a job. And then I ended up as a writer anyway.


May 28 2009, 1:17pm

Post #5 of 58 (374 views)
BS in Molecular and Cell Biology [In reply to] Can't Post

I've put off my Masters in favor of staying home with the elfling while Mr.Elwen finished his Ph.D. Now that he's Prof. Elwen, I'm planning to go back in a year or two to get a masters in communication or education. I'm very interested in outreach and improving scientific literacy and appreciation for science in the US.

AlassŽa Eruvande

May 28 2009, 1:38pm

Post #6 of 58 (395 views)
BS in Biology, with a chemistry minor. [In reply to] Can't Post

I had intentions of going to veterinary school, until I found out the ratio of education costs to future income was not in my best interest!

I worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician in a previous life, and obtained my certification for that in 1991. In Texas at that time, you didn't have to be registered to be a vet tech, and there wasn't really any degree program offered specific to that career. But the state vet. association developed a way to recognize individuals who had the education and experience and awarded them the certification and title of "Registered". You still don't need to be registered to be a vet tech in Texas, but at least there are Associate degree plans at some colleges now.

I also take continuing education at the School of Hard Knocks, with a concentration in Marriage and Family. CoolTongue


May 28 2009, 2:01pm

Post #7 of 58 (383 views)
one of my college profs [In reply to] Can't Post

said that if her daughters ever asked her "should I go to college or have a baby?" she would say "baby." She said she learned much more from having children than she ever learned in school.

'Course, one can do both! Preferably not at the same time.


May 28 2009, 2:07pm

Post #8 of 58 (380 views)
me: halfway through my second master's [In reply to] Can't Post

and aiming for the PhD. I'm a natural scholar I think; I'm definitely in my element in school.

My BA is a double major in Psychology and History of Science (I did most of the pre-med requirements too); my first master's is in Social Work Administration with an emphasis on medical social work. This master's and the PhD will be in Mythological Studies with a Depth Psychology emphasis. I'm having to learn a lot about how the human brain works and the history and philosophy of human thought, so my BA is proving useful. The MSW, not so much, although I did learn how to write grants there, which should help in my attempts to fund the five years it will take to get the PhD.


May 28 2009, 2:09pm

Post #9 of 58 (412 views)
MS in regulatory biology and biophysics [In reply to] Can't Post

I see there are a lot of biological scientists here!

Finding Frodo
Tol Eressea

May 28 2009, 3:35pm

Post #10 of 58 (394 views)
MAME [In reply to] Can't Post

Master of Arts in Music Education. Sing along everybody!
You coax the blues right out of the horn, Mame.
You charm the husk right off of the corn, Mame...


May 28 2009, 4:04pm

Post #11 of 58 (375 views)
Anything free that I could grab [In reply to] Can't Post

I spent a disgraceful number of years in a supposedly 2-year junior college, back when those were free, gobbling up anything and everything regardless of major (although officially I was an English/Art double major--as though double majors count for anything in a JC.) In addition I have been an avid student of the School of Hard Knocks, a haunter of libraries, a freebie student of various dream experts, and a perenniel student of Til Institute, which is a mega-university in my dreams, where I have learned a number of skills that I have found useful in waking-life, such as "psygraphing" (that's where you can take a quick glimpse and slowly replay it in your mind, uncovering details that you never knew you'd observed.)

Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea

May 28 2009, 4:26pm

Post #12 of 58 (382 views)
BS mechanical engineering and engineering and public policy; BA writing [In reply to] Can't Post

I went through engineering school and realized in my senior year that I didn't really like it. However, I was close enough to getting my BS to taste it and figured I'd have more options with an actual degree in hand. I graduated, worked for a while as an engineer in a glass plant, and hated it, so I decided to change careers. I'd always enjoyed writing and figured that my hard-earned engineering degree would not go to waste if I did technical writing. So I went back to school at a different university in my city and got a BA in writing, working as a technical writer for their computing services department to put myself through the program.

In retrospect, I probably should have applied to my original university's master's program in professional writing, but I couldn't afford it at the time. I also wasn't crazy about going back there again because I was still kind of fried from getting my engineering degree. Attending a different, more humanities-oriented institution to study writing was a great experience and broadened my mind. I took classes in journalism, magazine writing, science writing, creative writing, history, languages, and more. And I learned technical writing in what amounted to an apprenticeship to an older writer who worked for the university and taught me everything she knew. I got a lot out of my humble little writing BA and feel it was well worth the time and money I spent on it. It allowed me to launch a new career in a field that I have largely enjoyed and continue working in to this day; I use what I learned on an almost daily basis.

I now work for a university R&D/technology transfer organization. It's an interesting and challenging job that has provided an enormous variety of writing and editing projects to work on, and variety's what I appreciate more and more these days. However, I occasionally get put-downs from some of our more stuck-up PhDs for not getting a master's or doctorate. (I do get some credit for earning a degree in engineering, though they are dumbfounded that I changed careers because they couldn't imagine taking such a step themselves.) Of course, the same folks sneer at our business development lead for "only" getting an MBA from Harvard (even though his mad business skillz keep the money and customers rolling in to fund all of our jobs), so I suppose I shouldn't take it personally. There simply is no pleasing some people.

I guess I could get that master's degree in writing, but it would make me even more unemployable than I am now. I already have too much experience to easily find a job, especially given the lousy economy. If I was laid off from my current job, I'd probably start my own freelance business.

(This post was edited by Idril Celebrindal on May 28 2009, 4:32pm)

Luthien Rising

May 28 2009, 11:23pm

Post #13 of 58 (364 views)
one I rarely use [In reply to] Can't Post

I have my PhD in English Literature (18th-century with a good dash of theory and publishing history). Then I completely retrained, unlearning many things I learned and learning new things. I can now fix PhDs' writing ;) This spring I'm actually using my degree, twice! Once in a letter to a PhD-holding author I'm editing, in the part of the letter where I make myself human, and once by pulling my robes out to wear to the Continuing Education convocation, where some of my students will be graduating. Still, I'm glad I did it. I think better than I once did, and rethink.

Grey Havens

May 28 2009, 11:29pm

Post #14 of 58 (356 views)
Highly Qualified according to Feds [In reply to] Can't Post

One of the No Child Left Behind decrees is that all teacher's need to be highly qualified.

Actually I ended up over qualified....

BA in Liberal Studies, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, LDS certified (old CLAD for those up to date with California Education acronyms), a Reading Specialist Certificate, and umpteen million (or at least it seems like it) hours of professional development where they READ ALOUD to college trained professionals.

Aunt Dora Baggins

May 29 2009, 2:56am

Post #15 of 58 (349 views)
MS in mathematics [In reply to] Can't Post

I will confess I remember almost nothing I learned in graduate school. The Heine-Borel Theorem had three parts, but what they might be I have no clue. The math I teach is undergraduate level, so that's all I remember.

My siblings both have doctorates, so I'm the undereducated one.

And there's a funny story about when my sister *finally* finished her doctorate, after eight years and lots of tears. She proudly put on her black cap and gown, and asked her two-year-old daughter "So, what do you think of Mom now?" The little girl stared up round-eyed and said in a horrified voice, "Wiiiitch!" (Which was especially funny because my sister's dissertation was called "Witches, Whores and Scolds; Women in the Middle Ages". When she finished the second section, she said, "Whew, I'm glad to finally get those whores out of my office!")

Aunt Dora Baggins

May 29 2009, 2:57am

Post #16 of 58 (340 views)
*mods up* // [In reply to] Can't Post


Aunt Dora Baggins

May 29 2009, 3:23am

Post #17 of 58 (347 views)
Half an hour later, I realize [In reply to] Can't Post

that you gave me an earworm. I was wondering "Why do I have that song in my head?" ;-)

Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea

May 29 2009, 3:43am

Post #18 of 58 (334 views)
Art [In reply to] Can't Post

With probably a minor in film and writing. I'd like to go into storyboarding, or concept art. Or, really, just work in the film industry. We'll see where it goes XD


May 29 2009, 4:57am

Post #19 of 58 (321 views)
I might be interested in reading that [In reply to] Can't Post

sometime during my own dissertation research.

Superuser / Moderator

May 29 2009, 1:18pm

Post #20 of 58 (350 views)
MBA in Finance [In reply to] Can't Post

...with an undergrad/BA double major in Business Administration and Economics.

I use my education every day, either for my clients or for myself. My better half calls me the CFO of the household. Laugh

I'll admit, though, that practical experience is essential when it comes to finance and accounting, and I've had to re-learn and/or re-remember a lot. Ironically, it's the nuts and bolts I learned in undergraduate school that are the most valuable day-to-day. Getting my MBA mostly opened more doors and increased my earnings potential, which was certainly worth it (plus it was fun).

I dearly loved economics and economic theory, but I didn't see as many opportunities in it. I remember one day in an advanced econ. class, watching the professor excitedly draw graph after graph on the board to prove a theory; connecting the graphs with dotted lines, erasing graphs and drawing new ones, only to connect them again. And, all the time he was happily expousing technical economic theory. This went on for about 30 mins; graph after graph and theory after theory, and I could tell by the squirming around me that it was like chinese water torture to most of the people in the class.

Finally, he put down the chalk, turned to us and excitedly asked us what the conclusion was. As the rest of the class started to panic and squirm even more, I raised my hand and said: but... we're back to where we started.

"Exactly!!!!" he shouted with a huge grin on his face.

That's when I decided my MBA should be in something a little more down to earth. WinkLaugh

AlassŽa Eruvande

May 29 2009, 1:30pm

Post #21 of 58 (331 views)
LOL! [In reply to] Can't Post

My college room mate was an economics geek and got a BA in economics. However, after a couple of years trying to find a job in that field, she gave up and went to law school. She is now a corporate lawyer. CrazyCool

Tol Eressea

May 29 2009, 5:35pm

Post #22 of 58 (340 views)
LOL! AltairaÖ [In reply to] Can't Post

You remind me of a genius friend who majored in economics because it was ďeasyĒ. The other reason was that Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics. What my friend really wanted to be was a rock singer/songwriter.

I love my crazy, weird, brilliant friends, including you. *hug*

P.S. UT was an econ minor and has a big brain, too.

Tol Eressea

May 29 2009, 5:46pm

Post #23 of 58 (417 views)
B.B.A. in Business Administration + 64 hours of music. [In reply to] Can't Post

I decided to declare my major in business administration instead of accounting (the two choices at my college). The first two semesters of accounting which everyone had to take to get any business degree were weed-out courses, very difficult. For years I thought I just didnít like accounting and didnít have the aptitude for it until I did some in the real world. Itís much more interesting and understandable (assuming you have a basic education in it) in practice than in theory. Now Iíve been doing it as my job for nineteen years and couldnít be happier. Thereís a little job insecurity because I donít have an accounting degree, but most employers are okay with that, as long as you have a bachelor's degree in some area of business and a lot of experience which I do.

I also took all the classes I would need for a bachelors degree in music except the final semester of theory. I found theory beyond the beginner level extremely difficult because I couldnít play piano. (It really helps to have knowledge of how various chords sound, but I played flute which does not play chords. Also, you have to construct music passages using chords according to how they should theoretically be employed, and the best way to check that youíve done the right thing is to play your work back on a piano and know what it should sound like.) Furthermore, the final semester involved composition, something I was shy about. Anyway, taking that final class would have been pointless because business and music were in two different schools of the university so I couldnít declare a double major. I would have had to choose one or the other. I knew I wasnít going to go for a career in music so I thought, why put myself through h*ll for something that wouldnít give me much more than bragging rights?

(This post was edited by GaladrielTX on May 29 2009, 5:47pm)

Grey Havens

May 29 2009, 6:15pm

Post #24 of 58 (345 views)
PhD in [research] psychology [In reply to] Can't Post

BA in humanities w/English teacher certification, then straight to an MA as a reading specialist grades 6-12

most of a bilingual/bicultural certificate and of a religious youth ministry one

then the psychology doctorate with emphasis on measurement and research design, also cognition and philosophy

all in all, the research and writing skills have been most useful, especially now that I can do only occasional volunteer work

I miss teaching university, both the students and the colleagues (but not the daily search for a parking place)


May 29 2009, 7:05pm

Post #25 of 58 (376 views)
BS in Chemistry and certified in Mixology (Mai Tai anyone?) [In reply to] Can't Post

I think chemistry and bartending go hand in hand. Too bad the bartending school came after the undergrad work. There were some classes when I would have been more than happy to drink the confusion away (advanced inorganic chemistry comes to mind).

A degree and a certification. And I'm currently using neither one. Tongue

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