I'm in my 20s and putting together a resume because I'm thinking about applying to master's programs that are focused on professional skill development. I went to school in the US and studied mathematics and philosophy (separately, not the joint program that exists at some universities) as an undergraduate. When a coworker was looking over my resume for me, she was surprised to see that it read:
Education: Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics with honors, [university], [year] Bachelor's of Arts in Philosophy, [university], [year]
She claimed that having two majors isn't the same thing as having two bachelor's degrees, and that listing them separately is disingenuous. This surprised me, as I consider myself as holding a BA and a BS from my university rather than (to use her words) "a BS in Mathematics and a second major in Philosophy." My university seems to trea
The top of my college transcript reads as follows:
Degrees Awarded Degree: Bachelor's of Science Confer Date: [date] Mathematics (B.S.), with honors Philosophy (B.A.) Academic Program History Program: The College Start Term: [Autumn, year] Current Status: Completed Program Mathematics (B.S.) Philosophy (B.A.)
I attended a university that didn't have undergraduate "schools" which is why it says "the College" - that's the term the university uses to refer to the program that all undergraduates are in. I was given the choice of what order I wanted Mathematics and Philosophy to be listed in (both here and on my diploma), and was told that the Degree line would agree with whatever I had listed first. I wrote a BA essay which was accepted by the philosophy department.
As someone working as an applied mathematician, I'm aware that the degree in philosophy isn't particularly important to my employers. However, it is very important to me and I would like to include it in my resume. My questions are:
- Is it considered correct for me to say that I have a BA in philosophy and a BS in mathematics?
- Is it considered weird or misleading to list mathematics and philosophy separately on my resume as I have done?
- If the answer is no to #2, do you have recommendations about how to clarify that I studied mathematics and I studied philosophy, rather than that I did a program in mathematics and philosophy, which is not particularly uncommon at liberal arts schools (though my university doesn't offer it)
- Is anyone going to care? I've been told that professionally oriented master's programs tend to care less about your degrees compared to your work. My university is a more prestigious than my employer, but not by a wide margin.