Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Is there such a thing as a useless major?

Back in the early days of Facebook, when only college students and a select few high school students were on it, there was a rather popular group. It was called "I picked a major I love and one day I'll be living in a box." This was a chance for people who loved their major to poke fun at themselves for it. (The group may still be in existence, but I don't see it pop up anymore.)

Almost everyone has had that moment when they asked someone what their major was, and upon hearing the answer felt the response "What are you going to do with that?" slip from their lips instinctively. If not, then you have probably been asked that dreaded question. You have probablysaid this in response to answers like philosophy, religious studies, or maybe theatre. Some majors seem like their only use is leading to the life of a professional student.

However, in my opinion, no major is "useless." After all, you still come out with an education and a college degree. And no degree guarentees you a job or entrance to grad school. An unusual major, if nothing else, teaches you how to think differently and will make you stand out in a pool of applicants.

What are some of the majors out there, and what problems has it lead to? And on that note, how has your major specifically helped you succeed?

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