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    Are Some Degree Programs Gender Oriented?

     
    During our visits to different universities and educational institutes, especially during the time when we go to either obtain admission details and information, one of the things that we cannot prevent from observing is checking out the gender ratio and distribution that takes place or comprises the overall demography of the educational institute. And to be frank, there are some interesting observations and deductions that we can make very easily about the ways in which gender distribution has taken place.
    At the same time it is also important to state here that it clarifies the different perceptions and perspectives regarding the ways through which different genders approach and have about different degree courses and programs. For instance when it comes to courses and degree programs such as that of computer science or engineering, we see that it an overwhelming majority of male students who enroll in these degree programs and intend to pursue a career in the different sub-fields and categories that are offered by the courses under the umbrella of these courses.
    Similar is the trend observed when it comes to considering the field of engineering. It is once again a pre-dominantly male dominated area of study. Throughout the different universities and educational institutes of the world, there are male engineers passing out in large numbers as compared to their female counterparts. Coming towards the female side we see that their choice of professional preference from an academic as well as career point of view is in the form of medicine, followed by business management and administration.
    However, with the passage of time and with the scope and horizons of education expanding all around the world, these pre-established stereotypes and academic perceptions is slowly and steadily changing. Today the notion that some degree programs and courses have become gender oriented will definitely be an understatement. One of the key forces that has led towards a change in this perception building process is through the efforts taken by female students from all around the world to take proper initiatives and reforms through which they have now developed the force and have the potential to enroll in different degree programs that can help them in expanding their competencies and qualifications in academic courses in which their inclusion was considered breaking the stereotype. Females today are more comfortable than ever to enroll in courses such as computer science and even engineering and are doing well not only on academic, but on professional grounds as well.
    At the same time we see that males today are aligning themselves professionally towards professions and fields such as cooking and even designing and hair dressing which were till at one point of time considered to be women oriented completely. The scope and removal of such gender oriented barriers have also been because of the different online degree programs and courses that are offered online universities and colleges in recent times.
    Online universities today offer students with a wide range of courses and degree programs through the help of which they can showcase their skills and proof their competencies in the fields that they enroll in respectively.

    Sources:

    http://www.collegeatlas.org/top-degrees-by-gender.html

    http://jacksonparker.deviantart.com/journal/Men-Go-For-Computer-Science-and-Women-for-Cooking-419514387
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