Jun 21, 2020
Hey Everyone,
I want to study economics (a non-technical major); however, I have been informed at only about 10% of scholarship students are allowed to study non-technical non-foreign language majors. One suggestion I received was to study Applied Math instead of Economics because they are very similar and Applied Math is considered technical. However, I might like to double-major in both Economics and Applied Math. On the AFROTC application, I am asked to rank majors I am interested in studying, so there does not appear to be a way for me to indicate my preference for a double-major. If I put down both Economics and Applied Math as majors I am willing to study and the Air Force chooses for me to study Applied Math (Which is within their rights), can I elect to double-major? Will they think that a second, non-technical major will detract from my ability to study my primary technical major?
If you can handle the academic load of a double major, they'll definitely let you. The moment you become academically deficient, there will be questions about whether or not you can handle it and it will be "suggested" that you drop the second major.

You should also look at the requirements for each major and make sure that you would actually be able to graduate on time.
You might want to also consider the Applied Math major with a minor in economics. I don't know, but I expect a Masters in economics later would be more valuable, if not required, and the math major would help lay the foundation. As you say, they're similar.

That gets your plan going in the right direction while making the academic load a bit lighter.
But a related question- Won't the AF (or Navy or Army) really just pay for classes for one major?
Unless money is a major issue in going to school (when isnt it) and therefore the need for a scholarship to attend, major in what you are interested in and not what you will get money for. First the major is for the rest of your life, secondly, you will do better in something you are interested in and not what give get you money to study.
But a related question- Won't the AF (or Navy or Army) really just pay for classes for one major?
I dont know if it can be done, but if it takes the same time as one major and the need for extra classes doesnt cost more, dont see why they would care one way or another. I mean if the typical five classes per semester cost 1000 and taking 7 classes still costs 1000, what can Rotc even say about it
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But a related question- Won't the AF (or Navy or Army) really just pay for classes for one major?
A scholarship pays tuition for 4 years so someone can get a bachelors degree. If a student can squeeze in a major and minor, or even a double major in that time, they won't care. The student needs to make sure they don't complete the graduation requirements for their major early, if that's even an issue. Of course they had better graduate on time and meet the GPA requirements each and every semester.