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Do you like mathematics and have a talent for it? Here are a few reasons you might consider majoring in math.
What should a student seek and expect from an education? Is it purely training for a vocation or even a particular job? In studying mathematics, a person is learning a discipline that touches large aspects of many fields. It should prepare you for jobs, but it should also give you intellectual tools to rise in your vocation and enrich your intellectual life. Each course should contribute to some of these goals.
An education should improve a person's ability to think and analyze. You should expect a mathematics education to improve this ability. 1. Improve your ability to think abstractly: analysis disassociated from any specific instance so that it may apply to many instances. 2. Improve your ability to think rigorously: constructing tight logical arguments that have complexity. 3. Improve your ability to think creatively: finding original or unconventional relationships and arguments. 4. Improve your ability to think critically: identifying issues, gathering background knowledge, formulating and testing hypotheses, and constructing supporting arguments A good mathematics education should fulfill 1, 2, and 3. A mathematics education combined with courses in the sciences or social sciences fulfills 4.
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