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Liquidus Zeromus
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Which subjects tend to have significantly uneven gender ratios? What makes them generally more appealing to one sex rather than both? Is it because they're more "masculine" or "feminine"?

This was prompted by the "why are there so many females in psychology?" thread.
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Computer Science is meant to be dominated by males, maybe lads are better with computers? :p:

I'm applying for CS and if I get onto a course there's going to be very few girls
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Languages are generally female heavy subjects as apparently their brains work better at them, whilst Sciences are typically the domain of men for the same reasoning.

Whether that's true or not in general, I've no idea, but my department is usually female heavy and is a language department.
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(Original post by Hylean)
Languages are generally female heavy subjects as apparently their brains work better at them, whilst Sciences are typically the domain of men for the same reasoning.

Whether that's true or not in general, I've no idea, but my department is usually female heavy and is a language department.
Good point, although it's possible that there's a gender stigma surrounding languages, that they're somehow dull and "sissy". Nonsense, but it can happen even if a subject is actually more suitable for the gender with which it is less popular.
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Engineering seems to be another male dominated course.

Shame...
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(Original post by The_Right_Ordinary)
Engineering seems to be another male dominated course.

Shame...
Well, at least you won't get distracted :dontknow:

Females seemed to be under-represented in my first economics lecture :sadnod: History will no doubt have plenty :yes:
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(Original post by Liquidus Zeromus)
History will no doubt have plenty :yes:
I've noticed that, but it's like 57% to 43%. Not a big gap really, as compared to engineering.
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Physics.
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I expect vet. medicine will be female dominated. I think English might be female dominated too, but I'm not sure. Degrees like computer science, economics and engineering will doubtlessly be male dominated.
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There a about 6 girls on my campus in the 2nd year engineering course.....and thats over all engineering disciplines.

In my civil engineering class there's 4 girls and about 40+ guys.

It was really overwhelming at first because I found that a lot of guys gave me a lot of **** (was even worse when I started cos I had blonde hair). I just had to start standing up for myself.
So your life could be characterized similarly to this:

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(Original post by sorafdfs)
I expect vet. medicine will be female dominated. I think English might be female dominated too, but I'm not sure. Degrees like computer science, economics and engineering will doubtlessly be male dominated.
You'd be surprised at how many guys take English. The English students out of my friends from home are all male come to think of it. My subject was surpisingly not too disproportionate with 8 guys out of 32 whereas in History of Art at uni there were 2 guys to about 50 girls or something like that!
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(Original post by sandeep90)
Computer Science is meant to be dominated by males, maybe lads are better with computers? :p:

I'm applying for CS and if I get onto a course there's going to be very few girls
Very true. There's 4 girls on mine including me lol
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drama, dance, performing arts, art and health and socialcare. are pretty much female orientated.
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I have just started FdA Drama, and actually there are 2 girls and 5 guys! Although we do get one lecture with the FdA Dancers which is all girls.

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Radiography seems to have a disproportionate amount of females to males. This is from seeing how many females attended the Uni Open day talks.
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My publishing MA is about 85% female. My English BA was about 80% female, with most of the remainder being homosexual men.
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(Original post by Hylean)
Languages are generally female heavy subjects as apparently their brains work better at them, whilst Sciences are typically the domain of men for the same reasoning.

Whether that's true or not in general, I've no idea, but my department is usually female heavy and is a language department.
Physics is mostly male populated, so is engineering.
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In my English class there are about 3 boys and all the rest girls.
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my politics classes are mostly male. i wonder why...
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Go into any physics department - sausage fest. Computer Science and Engineering as well.

Psychology is female dominated. Social work too.
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