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Online philosophy or Spanish Culture and Lit?

rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 889Registered User Member
edited November 2012 in College Life
I think I want to major in anthropology next fall, with a either a minor in Spanish or philosophy or a double major/minor with one of those. As for career plans, I want to travel.

Philosophy sounds SO interesting, but I want to get better at Spanish. What should I do?
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Replies to: Online philosophy or Spanish Culture and Lit?

  • YonderMountainYonderMountain Posts: 290Registered User Junior Member
    Spanish. It will actually affect your future enjoyment of life.
  • NonAntiAnarchistNonAntiAnarchist Posts: 921Registered User Member
    Philosophy. It will actually affect your future enjoyment of life.
  • NonAntiAnarchistNonAntiAnarchist Posts: 921Registered User Member
    It honestly seems like a bit of a joke that Spanish (!?!) would improve your life more than a strong grasp on philosophy. Let's see, do I want to talk to the people at the local Mexican restaurant, or do I want to be prepared to handle concepts like death, love, god, the meaning of life, etc.

    Hmmmmmmmm...
  • YonderMountainYonderMountain Posts: 290Registered User Junior Member
    ^ The Spanish class will actually allow you to do the former.
  • NonAntiAnarchistNonAntiAnarchist Posts: 921Registered User Member
    You're right, an education in philosophy is not going to magically allow one to grasp the issues I mentioned (I don't know if it's even possible to have a grasp on them), but you'll be better prepared than if you wouldn't have studied it.

    I know in my own life, philosophy has had radically positive benefits in terms of how I've dealt with personal issues - relationships, self-worth, and meaning in life, just to name a few. And if a loved on were to pass, or an otherwise tragic event were to take place, without some sort of intensive self-reflection (which might as well be philosophy in the first place), I can guarantee it'd be almost impossible to handle the situation in a mature and healthy way. Philosophy doesn't guarantee you will be able to handle it maturely, but I think the perspective one gains from studying it is a huge net benefit in that direction.
  • rbouwensrbouwens Posts: 889Registered User Member
    interesting......
  • NonAntiAnarchistNonAntiAnarchist Posts: 921Registered User Member
    And I mean, Jesus, compared to Spanish?! Really?! :P

    But I see that you say "online" philosophy.. Not sure if that'll be quite the same experience as with a professor. In the same respect, philosophy might as well be learnt on one's own if the alternative is to learn it online.
  • WailingConstantWailingConstant Posts: 110Registered User Junior Member
    Well, assuming you want to do field research in Anthropology, Spanish would prove more fruitful if you choose a related area. Honestly, you can probably fit in both minors in with a degree in Anthropology without too much hardship. If you were to choose one, I'd say Spanish, since I think it is a more beneficial life skill, although that depends on where you live/plan to live in the future. I say that as a Spanish major, so it may be a biased opinion. Either one can be self-studied outside of a scholastic environment, but I can't say to what degree the difficulties would be to do so.
  • oneousoneous Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    Please call or text me at 415-938-7377; I just wanted to ask where you were able to find an online spanish course. Thanks!
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    ^ There are a few SUNY (NY state schools) that have Spanish online. Go to suny.edu.
  • OrangeD00DOrangeD00D Posts: 394Registered User Member
    I'm a high school student but I found this thread by accident.

    Anyways, I had a similar option last year, between philosophy and Spanish lit. I took Spanish lit and loved it! I highly recommend that class. The stories are great and it really will help you improve!
  • cty4evercty4ever Posts: 153Registered User Junior Member
    I would think Spanish would be more useful in anthropology, and a more useful double major or minor. You can't do that much with a philosophy degree without going to grad school.
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