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1. Wright, Ashley Leann. What is in a Major?Habitus, class, gender, and major choice among first-generation college students.

Degree: MA, Sociology, 2019, The Ohio State University

Drawing on literature on habitus and class-based dispositions (Bordieu 1990); social class, occupation, and values (Kohn 1969); and parental work and home environment (Parcel and Meneghan 1994), this paper examines the relationship between parental occupation, class background, and college major choice of first-generation college students. Using ELS: 2012 data, I focus on how the intersection of class background and gender influence college major choice. Regression analyses investigate whether the effects of parental occupation on student major selection vary by gender, social class, and first-generation status. Findings reveal that first-generation college students’ major varies by gender. Further, first-generation college students more often choose majors with clear occupational trajectories and are less likely to choose male-dominated majors. This research can inform policy around gaps in field of study and patterns of attrition by gender and among first-generation college students, while also speaking to broader sociological questions and issues of inequality, mobility, and status attainment trajectories. Advisors/Committee Members: Roscigno, Vincent (Committee Co-Chair), Quadlin, Natatsha (Committee Co-Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: Sociology

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APA (6th Edition):

Wright, A. L. (2019). What is in a Major?Habitus, class, gender, and major choice among first-generation college students. (Masters Thesis). The Ohio State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu155500065738355

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Wright, Ashley Leann. “What is in a Major?Habitus, class, gender, and major choice among first-generation college students.” 2019. Masters Thesis, The Ohio State University. Accessed September 19, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu155500065738355.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Wright, Ashley Leann. “What is in a Major?Habitus, class, gender, and major choice among first-generation college students.” 2019. Web. 19 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Wright AL. What is in a Major?Habitus, class, gender, and major choice among first-generation college students. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. The Ohio State University; 2019. [cited 2019 Sep 19]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu155500065738355.

Council of Science Editors:

Wright AL. What is in a Major?Habitus, class, gender, and major choice among first-generation college students. [Masters Thesis]. The Ohio State University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu155500065738355

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