Post # 1
The diploma I received only stated that I was awarded a “Bachelor of Science” but it does not specify the degree focus. Is that typical? I am not sure whether to ask about it or not. The graduation specialist is busy and already expedited my diploma to me so that I could provide it to my employer ASAP. So I hesitate to ask her about this since she already did me a big favor. Does your diploma list the degree focus? Or would you drop the issue?
Post # 2
My diploma does list my degree focus. It would bother me if it did not. You busted your ass for 4 years, so I don’t think there is any shame in asking for what you want.
Post # 3
howtobeawife: Perhaps things are different here (I’m in Australia), but I’ve never heard of an employer wanting to see the actual diploma. What I have sometimes had to provide though is my academic transcript (i.e. the official record of my subjects and grades). Is it possible to get that instead? That seems more useful to me anyway.
In answer to your actual question, I went to google images and looked at some. Most give the major, but a few do not.
Post # 4
My and SO’s university just says “Bachelor of Science” on the diploma, which makes him cranky because he had a very difficult major and doesn’t get any extra recognition for it. However, since the major can be adressed on his resume, it works out for employment.
Post # 5
Mine (USA) lists my major. Also my first employer wanted a copy of it for the records as it was my first job in my field. My second employer never asked to see it.
Post # 6
howtobeawife: I’m quite sure my diploma did NOT specify the degree focus, I could be wrong though.
Post # 7
Both my bachelors and masters list the focus. However, my sister’s (from another school) does not.
Post # 9
Mine doesn’t, and I’ve never heard of an employer asking to see the diploma. If anything they ask for the degree transcript. I don’t even have my actual diploma anymore, it got lost in one of my moves after college.
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
howtobeawife: I’ve seen some schools do it, while others do not. The school that I am currently at does not put your discipline on the diploma and it really bothers me.
Post # 11
aussiemum1248: caritas: I know, I thought it was weird, too, that I had to provide a scanned copy of my diploma rather than a transcript. My HR department isn’t always the easiest to work with. However, submitting the diploma I received worked and they updated the system. But I’m still annoyed that my focus isn’t on my diploma, haha.
Well, it’s good to know that there’s a mix of yes and no’s out there. At least I’m not alone in being annoyed with this! Thanks for the responses, everyone!
Post # 12
Mine listed my major and it also listed my focus within my major.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Mine undergraduate degree doesn’t say anything but Bachelor of Science, so same as OP. No major listed…I was sad when I got it that it didn’t say “Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics” anywhere on the thing.
My Master’s degree from the same school however DOES list my area of study and says Master of Science in “Applied Molecular Biology”.
It’s frustrating, but if I ever needed to prove my undergraduate are of study I just provided my transcripts anyway.