Went to a job website (monster.co.uk) where you can fill out a profile, among other things asking for your education. You can enter "Degree Level", "School Name", "Dates Attended", and "Concentrations".

So the question is: Is my English much worse than I thought and "Concentrations" means anything meaningful in this context, or is this just nonsense? I assume they mean "Focus". I'd also be interested if there is better word than "Focus" as a headline for describing what your main subjects were.

  • What is your level of "eduction"? – Robusto Jul 6 '15 at 11:40
  • Well spotted, Robusto. I fixed my typing mistake immediately. However, I can't quite see what my level of education has to with the answer to the question. Anything useful to say about that? – gnasher729 Jul 6 '15 at 12:18
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    I think this generally refers to if you have a degree in a broad field but there is a specific application or area within the field you concentrated or as you say 'focused' on. For example if I had a degree in Archaeology I may have a concentration in Meso-American archaeology. – landocalrissian Jul 6 '15 at 12:23

Turns out, to my great surprise, that actually "Concentrations" does make sense in the context. I have never heard the word used in this way, but according to Merriam-Webster one of the meanings of concentration is

1 a : the act or process of concentrating : the state of being >concentrated; especially : direction of attention to a single object

b : an academic major or area of focus within a major

So while I'm not sure how this reflects on your knowledge of English there certainly is a reasonable way to interpret Concentrations in the context given. And I learned a new meaning today.:)

  • I'm surprised as well! – gnasher729 Jul 6 '15 at 15:00
  • I'm surprised you're surprised, as in American English concentration in this context is generally understood as your area of study, although a far less common term than major, and usually indicating a specialization within the discipline. I was a history major with a concentration in classical civilization. And some institutions do not use the term major and minor; Harvard uses concentration and secondary for example. – choster Jul 6 '15 at 15:22
  • Well, I don't speak American English. So it seems quite inappropriate on a UK web site. – gnasher729 Jul 7 '15 at 19:33

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