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How do college students choose their majors?

Are finance majors lured by Wall Street and potential future earnings? Are English majors hoping to become the next Walt Whitman or Billy Collins? Are political science students looking for an easy A in ‘Intro to Government,” hoping to boost their grade point average and to increase their chances of getting into law school?

Professor of sociology Dan Chambliss at Hamilton College in upstate New York said it's more simple than that. As undergraduates descend on college campuses across the country, Chambliss has found many of them will be more likely to major in a certain field if they have a caring and charismatic professor at the front of the class.

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