gre scores for different disciplines
From Discover magazine, a basic analysis of GRE scores from different fields. We do pretty bad in math, but ok, though not great, in writing and verbal scores. The chart makes sense. A few comments:
- The surprise for non-academics is that economics has converted itself into a kind of engineering. The profile of students is pretty much what you get in engineering and most physical sciences. It’s also apparent in their approach to research, mimicry of physical science.
- I’m a little surprised that business does so badly in these comparisons. It’s a competitive field and the b-schools often have high quality economics and statistics programs.
- Academia does break up into big clusters, a la Snow’s two cultures thesis. I think you could argue that the humanities have a more verbal profile than the bio/social sciences/professions cluster (minus econ).
- Philosophy is the only field that does not fit into one of the two (or three) major camps. Probably the only “sui generis” discipline, which kind of makes sense.