Birth Order and Impact on College Major Choice

Jennifer Cramer, Ashley Dilling, Brittney Hockemeyer, Joshua Nicholson, Huntington University

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Abstract This study examines the correlation of birth order and choice of college major. It was hypothesized that ones position of birth within the family has an impact on college major choice. Participants were juniors and seniors from a small liberal arts university located in the Midwest. These participants completed a web-based survey consisting of questions about family constellations and college information. We used a χ² test to analyze the data. After collecting and analyzing the data using several crosstabulations, we were unable to support our hypothesis.

Birth Order and Impact on College Major Choice In society today, more and more people have the opportunity and motivation to attend college. Colleges offer a variety of majors, and each area of study brings in numerous students each year. Why do individuals choose the majors they do? Birth order is a topic that has been studied widely, namely by Adler (1870-1937) and Holland (1919-2008). Does birth order affect choice of college major?

The concept of birth order has been shown to have influence in many different areas. One article looked into the impact that birth order has not only on the family but each individual in the family. The study looked at not only actual birth order but also the spacing between the children. The conclusion that the study came to was that birth order within the family as well as spacing between the children has an impact on personality development (Gugl & Welling, 2010).

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