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  • oraclebones
    27 February, 2015 at 22:17
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    I am just starting out in the process of (hopefully) becoming an English teacher abroad, so forgive me if this is an odd question.

    Might schools potentially look down upon unusual majors when considering an applicant? I double majored in college and one of my majors was gender, women’s, and sexuality studies (GWSS). This major, or some iteration of it, is pretty commonly offered in the U.S., but I don’t know what standing it has abroad. My other major, political science, is widely recognized (I assume).

    One of the countries I am most interested teaching in is Turkey, which is more culturally conservative, and perhaps seeing a major like GWSS could be off putting for an employer? I wouldn’t feel terrible about concealing it if I could and just listing political science as my major, but GWSS is listed on both my diploma and my transcript, so I can’t hide it entirely.

    I’d be grateful for any input!

    16 April, 2015 at 19:09
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    It’s a good question. It’s not the first thing most employers will be looking at though – they’ll be primarily interested in your TEFL certificate. If a degree is a requirement, then they’ll be interested in the fact that you have a degree, rather than the subject. I suppose it could be an issue in a culturally conservative country with some employers (although I don’t know enough about Turkish culture to be able to answer that). Probably no harm in just mentioning Political Science on your CV, just in case…

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