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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by NSNick, Jul 1, 2008.
What are the most and least useful majors?
Whoever voted EE, you suck!
in reference to what?
EDIT: oh, Snap! same time stamp and i win... time to go buy a lotto ticket!
Useful for what?
This is an incredibly vague question. If you want to be an engineer, an engineering degree would be most useful. If you want to teach history, a history degree would be most useful.
Trick question. They're all equally useless!
If you're looking for something to go in to, this is entirely the wrong way to make a decision. How about, what do you enjoy doing? Or, what would you want to do, even if it paid the least?
All you need to know is how to make fire with a shinbone and wrestle salmon from a grizzly bear.
Everything else is fluff.
a fan of John West i presume...
Computer Science is the most useful
I am really just curious as to how Apple fans will answer this question. There is an arguement to be had that Apple fans are art majors because they like photoshop and pretty colors. There is also an arguement that they are Comp Sci majors because they like to program, or Engineering majors because they like technology. I want to know which.
these lists are based on general success of the majors. I feel sorry for the undergrad kids who get a degree in a field they like , such as one in the least list , and then realize just how limited the career and future prospects are and what a waster the last four years were.
I also feel that EVERYONE regardless of which major they choose should have a basic education that broadly spans the science, classical arts and social sciences - kind of like what high school was suppossed to do.
I forgot all about Womens Studies.
Most Useful (but not on the list):
Learn to manipulate, and the world is your oyster...
i really believe art is the most useless major you can get. you are very limited job wise i would imagine
much better prospects i believe for graphic design and such
or mechanical engineering. just saying...
Get a Liberal Arts degree with a technical major. You get the major that prepares you for work (if you are not doing a masters degree right away), and you get to cover so many different electives, that you can do art, philosophy, etc.
I used to think that some majors are useless, but now that I have been out of school for a while, I think ANY major can be useless if the person hasn't figured out what to do with it, or if they will get an advanced degree.
Your education is supposed to prepare you for the world, and it doesn't matter if you majored in basket weaving, if you are determined and know what you will do next, you can start that basket weaving business.
sorry if i offended you. are there a lot of job prospects with an art degree?
Any major with the word 'Studies' in the name will not get you a very lucrative job.
Seriously thought - at the three starbucks and 7 other coffee shops in my neighbourhood, about 70% of the staff are either art, art history or multi media students/graduates. with a couple of wannabe actresses/models...
so, in this thread, usefulness is defined as the likelihood of getting a job? if thats true, then the most useful major is no major at all, and going into the military. guaranteed job.
Awful poll. You just picked a bunch of random majors out of hundreds of possibilities.
i envy your degree, and that is no joke. i can't wait until my kids are old enough that i can go back and finish a degree. i have most/parts of 3, including ME. i gave up a 6 figure salary to stay home with my kids because it is worth it. hardest job i've ever had.
work hard, do what you love is my only point.
I have a friend who is an art major. She doesn't have to work at a traditional job at all because her art brings in enough money every month to cover all expenses (rent, electricity, tuition).
I hate this attitude (usually one held by people who studied technical subjects at university) that all art/humanities/social science degrees are useless. I don't know where it comes from and why you people think you are somehow better than everyone else for studying a completely uncreative, unfulfilling subject at university. Have fun with your technical degree (if such a thing is possible), but quit it with the superiority complex.
Agreed. This is exactly what I was trying to say. But I'd add in "usefulness is defined as the likelihood of getting a traditional job." With the exception of the example above I already used, I know plenty of people in design, film, multimedia programs that already have jobs within their field before graduation or have jobs lined up.
If it is not on the list it is probably not real.
Yes, all of you people in this thread defining "usefulness" as the ability to get a job, which are usually the same people talking about how any degree that isn't scientific or technical is useless.