Boy to girl ratio becomes more apparent at GC

Kirsten Maddox | Staff Writer | Oct. 9, 2019

This is what GC’s male to female ratio would be if we did not have a college of business according to Miller
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GC would be 75% female and 26% male without the college of business, according to Li Miller, a professor and interim chair for the management department.

Female undergraduate students were almost 50% of business majors in 2014, according to the Georgia Department of Education. However, this is not reflected at GC. 

In 2018, 24% of GC students were enrolled as business majors. 

Of those business students, about 63% are male, and 37% are female. This is out of line with the university-wide gender ratio, where 64% of students are female.

“I think it’s [the college of business] the primary reason why men come here,” said Gabe Gothard, a freshman accounting major. “That’s why I came here.”

Although Gothard said most of his business classes are split evenly between men and women, he notices a difference in his accounting classes, where the majority are men.

Mercy McFatridge, a senior marketing major has a different perspective.

“I would say a majority of my classes are mostly females but I do have a few that are majority male,” McFatridge said. “That’s when you get into the management and information technology side of things.”

McFatridge does not believe a dramatic shift in the male to female ratio would occur if there were not a college of business. However, she said a small decrease in male enrollment may result. 

Samuel Basta, a sophomore marketing major, said his classes are majority female. Although, he said GC would have fewer male students without the business school.

“If people go into majors and they see people like them, that makes it feel more comfortable,” El-Jourbagy said. 

Specific fields, like management, are more appealing to male students because men are more represented in upper levels of management in the business industry.

“If you look at Fortune 500, if you look at CEOs, how many of those are males,” said Jehan El-Jourbagy, professor of business law and ethics. “More men have role models in management in that career, whereas women have very few.” 

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