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Old 02-07-2012, 01:09 PM   #61
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Re: What is the most unemployable degree...?

I know I've seen this at a few schools, Ethnomusicology has to be pretty damn to find a job in (I don't even know what a job in that would look like).

And this is by far my favorite degree program I've ever seen, I don't remember how I found out about it but apparently several schools have a Retailing and Consumer Sciences major, which seems to amount to learning how to manage a Wal-Mart. It may even have a high employment rate, but there is no reason to spend 4 years on college for this.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:17 AM   #62
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psychology, women's studies, political science, **** it basically any liberal arts degree
Actually many businesses prefer a liberal arts degree to an actual business degree. Know many people who majored in liberal arts and got very good jobs. On the other hand know several people who majored in crap like marketing and not so good.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:55 AM   #63
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Skimming my facebook is super depressing(graduated HS in '07). Basically anyone who didn't go to state flagship+ or major in engineering is ****ed, and not everyone posts their job so I assume even some of those are not doing so great. Lots of people in some dubious sounding grad schools.

exception: people who wanted to be very religious for a living
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:06 AM   #64
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It has to be like fine arts. English is not that bad. Tons of companies need good writers, especialy technical writing pays well.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:31 PM   #65
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Re: What is the most unemployable degree...?

From what I've seen, music and art. I know several people who spent 5-6 years getting those degrees and never found a job in the field (some of them still haven't found a job years later).
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:41 AM   #66
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Has anyone said History? If history classes are so important and I should take as many as I can (according to friends I respect) then why the **** can I name off five random people I know from hs who majored in history and are currently unemployed (B.A obv).

I'm looking at the college price tag and trying to wrap my head around why taking a random history class is more important instead of replacing it with a class that I think would be more applicable to my major/ future career. What does taking the class do that buying the book and reading it in my free time wouldn't?

Forgive me, no disrespect to history. It's informative and interesting and people can learn from the past etc etc. but I feel like i'd be burning my hard earned money.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:17 PM   #67
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Has anyone said History? If history classes are so important and I should take as many as I can (according to friends I respect) then why the **** can I name off five random people I know from hs who majored in history and are currently unemployed (B.A obv).

I'm looking at the college price tag and trying to wrap my head around why taking a random history class is more important instead of replacing it with a class that I think would be more applicable to my major/ future career. What does taking the class do that buying the book and reading it in my free time wouldn't?

Forgive me, no disrespect to history. It's informative and interesting and people can learn from the past etc etc. but I feel like i'd be burning my hard earned money.
History teaches you critical thinking, analysis, and writing skills. All things that are pretty valuable in the marketplace. You have to be able to sit down and read and understand difficult texts, letís say something like Galileoís ďLetter to the Duchess ChristinaĒ in which he gives a thorough explanation of his notions about the relationship between the new science and religion. You have to be able to read that difficult text and understand all of the nuances of it within the context of the Reformation, Counter-Reformation, and Scientific Revolution. You would then have to be able to write cogently about it. If you can learn to do that and do it well, youíve acquired pretty valuable skills that many employers would find desirable. Learning to think and do complex analysis and then write cogently is pretty important, imo. History is not just about reading some book and learning facts. Thatís not what we do in history classes at all.

The problem is that most people donít realize how stupid they are. They donít realize how terrible their writing is. They donít realize this because they simply donít know any better. But most people would do relatively well to take some advanced history classes.

And there are plenty of things that people do with a history major. Iíve had students do all kinds of different things. Iíve had many become teachers and a fair share go on to law school. Iíve also had many students go into the business world, become journalists, work on Capitol Hill as a senate staffer, etc. Iíve had several students go into the military after doing officer training. I have one former student who is a diplomat and works for the State Department in Latin America. I just did an interview with the FBI for another student who is approaching the final stages of employment with the CIA. It just depends on what you want to do, but the good thing about history is that it keeps many doors open. A lot of majors close doors. The reality is that (assuming a job doesnít require specialized skills like engineering or something) history teaches skills that are highly sought after by most recruiters.
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Thank you for responding. Fwiw I'm majoring in economics and filling my electives with pre med courses. Comparing those courses with a history course and asking which I'm going to learn more from sounds silly to me. I go to Oregon State which has a strong Engineering school and the general consensus around here is history generally useless like an english degree. If someone majors in that they are almost always going to be 5th grade teachers or something.
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Well, if you're planning on applying to med school, you should obviously do the pre-med requirements.

I just really don't understand why students somehow think getting a really great education and being really smart, talented, and motivated by getting a degree in history or English is somehow a recipe for disaster professionally. Here's a newsflash: smart people do well at life. There's just a lot of misconceptions that somehow majoring in the humanities limits your career opportunities. That's simply not true (unless you want to go into a career with a very specific skill requirement).
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Well, if you're planning on applying to med school, you should obviously do the pre-med requirements.

I just really don't understand why students somehow think getting a really great education and being really smart, talented, and motivated by getting a degree in history or English is somehow a recipe for disaster professionally. Here's a newsflash: smart people do well at life. There's just a lot of misconceptions that somehow majoring in the humanities limits your career opportunities. That's simply not true (unless you want to go into a career with a very specific skill requirement).
Although this is a good point and I agree to a certain extent. For some people, doing a degree in english/history/degrees-people-say-are-bad can limit them. I'm not saying it necessarily will, but if you're a smart person, talented, motivated etc..., IMO you would be more likely to find professional success by doing a degree in science than "humanities", assuming you would perform similarly in both fields.

I think that by no means getting a degree in those is a recipe for disaster, but that you're quite more likely to find a job with a degree in other fields.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:41 PM   #71
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psych undergrad... woat
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