In my earlier post about shyness and its epidemic among engineers, I generalized the college of engineering only. I thought that, for the most part, all other majors were much more talkative, interactive, and generally more sociable both in and out of the classrooms. However, my ECE 2524 professor pointed out (after no one was responding in class) that the majority of classrooms at Virginia Tech were just as quiet(perhaps not as awkward though) as engineering classrooms.
In my experience, I’ve had only a handful of non-engineering related classes like Freshman English and Intro. to Psychology. During both those classes, my fellow classmates and I were much more talkative and engaged with the professors. I felt it was like that because it wasn’t a small room filled with 60 introverted engineers; it was a room with introverted and extroverted comm, business, and life sciences majors among others. Thus, the outgoing people helped make the introverts, like me, feel way more comfortable!
However, I’m sure there are exceptions; I just haven’t had enough time sitting in non-engineering classes to make a call to see if the awkward silences occur in majority their classes too, unlike engineering classes where I know no one wants to talk and ask/answer questions.