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    At some schools such as Clarkson, RIT, and RPI, the course of study chosen by hockey players seems clear, but other schools are tougher to figure. What is the most common major chosen by hockey players at the school you root for, or is there no clear preference?

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    I'm sure that all depends on what the school has to offer. Here at Bemidji State there is a pretty popular nursing school, so some of the past players have actually studied nursing while playing college hockey. I'd say the most popular major among college players is Business or Accounting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osorojo View Post
    At some schools such as Clarkson, RIT, and RPI, the course of study chosen by hockey players seems clear, but other schools are tougher to figure. What is the most common major chosen by hockey players at the school you root for, or is there no clear preference?
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    Sociology is the common choice for many hockey players and is probably the most popular major among all varsity athletes at Princeton. However, I have known hockey players to major in almost anything including Mechanical Engineering. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to play hockey... but you can be if you want to!
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    Among Notre Dame's last 2 graduating classes and this year's current one, there were/are at least 10 different majors, with the most common being psychology and finance. Freshmen enroll under the First Year of Studies, and many of the sophomores don't declare a final course of study but are in the Mendoza College of Business where they may end up majoring in Marketing, Finance, Accountancy, or Management.

    Many in the two most recent classes pursued double-majors, and among my favorites were Erik Condra, with degrees in Psychology and Pre-Med and Jordan Pearce, with degrees in Anthropology and Pre-med.

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    I know at Michigan, a lot of the players major in business, kinesiology, psych, and poli sci. We have had a few pre meds and laws go through too.

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    About 85 or 90% of The University Denver's players choose to major in DU's Daniels College of Business, with concentrations usually ranging from finance, to marketing, to real estate/construction management. About 60% of all of DU undergrad students are in the business school - it's not easy, but it's not onerous, either. There are always a few liberal arts majors among hockey players, and a communications major here and there.

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    Most RPI hockey players major in Management, and it has been that way at least since I was at RPI (64-74). Suprisingly, the number of players majoring in some sort of Engineering seems to be increasing.

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    When I was a student, most of the hockey players at UAH (most of the student-athletes, period) majored in various business programs. We had a couple of nursing majors, a couple of hard science majors, and a couple of engineering majors.
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    I would say Business and Social science majors are probably the most common. Sport Management majors are popular among many hockey players and athletes at schools that offer those majors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PUBand09 View Post
    However, I have known hockey players to major in almost anything including Mechanical Engineering.
    I know a couple of Lowell's frenchmen (early 2000s) were engineering majors. Lowell had one of their recent goaltenders start in engineering, but I don't think it worked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osorojo View Post
    At some schools such as Clarkson, RIT, and RPI, the course of study chosen by hockey players seems clear
    I'm not sure what you mean. What is more clear about their courses of study at these schools than at other schools?


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    I'm not sure what you mean. What is more clear about their courses of study at these schools than at other schools?


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    Quote Originally Posted by LtPowers View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean. What is more clear about their courses of study at these schools than at other schools?


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    The gross generalization is that we have nothing but management majors. As RB pointed out, we have engineering majors (mostly civil, but a couple of others thrown in there), and our captain two years back was a pre-med.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    The gross generalization is that we have nothing but management majors. As RB pointed out, we have engineering majors (mostly civil, but a couple of others thrown in there), and our captain two years back was a pre-med.
    Its hard to pin down what is most popular with students but its safe to say that a lot of students make sure they take courses that allow them the flexibility to remain mentally prepared for the rigours of the hockey program they are in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Papa View Post
    Its hard to pin down what is most popular with students but its safe to say that a lot of students make sure they take courses that allow them the flexibility to remain mentally prepared for the rigours of the hockey program they are in.
    Big Papa, you make a good point about hockey players protecting their mental flexibility by careful course selection. This is also true of students with highly active social lives, students who are heirs to large estates, and other categories of students as well.
    Fewer than 1% of college hockey players make it to the NHL, and fewer yet make a career in pro hockey. Hopefully the "flexibility" sought by college hockey players extends to a fallback career outside professional hockey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osorojo View Post
    Fewer than 1% of college hockey players make it to the NHL, and fewer yet make a career in pro hockey. Hopefully the "flexibility" sought by college hockey players extends to a fallback career outside professional hockey.
    I would think more college hockey kids make a "career" in pro hockey than make it to the NHL...especially considering all of the pro leagues around the world.
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    I believe most schools post what the player's major is. I know RIT had a bunch of differant majors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by komey1 View Post
    I believe most schools post what the player's major is. I know RIT had a bunch of differant majors.
    Yeah, if its not on the main roster it's usually under the player bios.

    A strong focus on academics as well as athletics is what separates college hockey from Major Jr hockey. I think in general athletes pick majors that can be completed in a 3.5-4 yr time frame and not majors like engineering, architecture, and pre-med that require graduate studies. Getting a solid degree in 4 yrs leaves the option open to play professionally after without having to go back in 5-10 years after a career in minor hockey to finish an advanced degree. Although even with business, communications and management degrees, some players do play professionally for a few years after college then go back to graduate school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osorojo View Post
    Big Papa, you make a good point about hockey players protecting their mental flexibility by careful course selection. This is also true of students with highly active social lives, students who are heirs to large estates, and other categories of students as well.
    Fewer than 1% of college hockey players make it to the NHL, and fewer yet make a career in pro hockey. Hopefully the "flexibility" sought by college hockey players extends to a fallback career outside professional hockey.
    Oddly enough, they do. Many of these guys don't have high visionary aspirations beyond hockey. Maybe that's the lowered expectations of their family.

    Of course this is all about your saw about schools admitting less than normal college students... otherwise you wouldn't give a **** if they all ended up in the math program.

    That being said, if the player wasn't a party-every-weekend screw up I'd consider a hockey player as better than his peers within major as time management is a big skill for those athletes playing a sport... especially hockey.

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