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Study: You’re more likely to marry someone with the same college major

The college major you picked impacts more than your work life. Apparently it also plays a big role in who you will marry.

Time magazine did a study using data from the University of Minnesota and found that people tend to marry others with the same college major.

The study looked at Census records of 76,472,310 married couples – in which both have bachelor’s degrees – between 2009-2014.

So what are the most compatible majors?

According to Time’s calculations, performing arts majors are 38 times more likely to marry each other than to marry someone with a bachelor’s degree in another field.

Law majors are 33 times more likely to marry someone with the same degree, and music majors are 22 times more likely.

Not all majors were so compatible. The odds of two business majors or two engineering majors getting hitched are less than two times more likely than any other given major.

The magazine put together a nice graphic with a drop down menu so you can pick your major and see how compatable you are with other degrees. Click here to try it out.

Compatibility between degrees

If you don’t end up marrying within the same major, the study found people are still likely to marry someone who studied a similar field.

Like marketing majors are more likely to marry communications or finance majors, and less likely to marry someone who studied chemistry or astronomy.

And a political science major is more likely to marry someone who studied law or history, and less likely to end up with someone in construction or agriculture.

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(Photo: Time)

If you’re curious which majors you’re most romantically compatible with, Time has a nifty tool that lets you do that.

So majors = love?

Not exactly.

Time explains that the correlations don’t necessarily mean that people in the same majors are more compatible.

“In all likelihood, people with the same or similar degrees are more likely to find themselves in the same vicinity,” the magazine explains.

The Washington Post reported on a similar study last year.

That study also noted that the convenience of being in the same classes could be a factor.

Additionally, it suggested people might also like to be with those who are similar – like religious studies majors marrying others with the same religious values, or music majors marrying other musicians.

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