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Zin, you clearly have a bone to pick with universities, and that's fine, but I don't understand (and never will) the need for some to bash non-STEM. It's just so tiresome.
For instance, in the list that usbalumnus posted and using his or her definition of a STEM major, of the top 10 fields at SJSU, 60 percent were STEM related. Of the 23 fields that had lower academic requirements, only 26 percent were STEM related. That is pretty good evidence that at SJSU, STEM fields are more rigorous than non-STEM fields.
Whenever I hear people deriding humanities majors, or any major but STEM, it makes me wonder - do they never watch tv shows, never see/read/hear advertisements, never listen to music, never go to movies or plays, never go to a museum, never read a fiction or non-fiction book about history or politics, never send their children to school, do they never need a lawyer...
I refuse to think that science/math kids took more grief than the kids who are passionate readers (like classics for fun) or deeply into the arts (drama and/or band geek? Talk about a stereotype.*) I was that kid- majored in humanities. (And have had steady employment in the top tax bracket for nearly 30 years) My kid is that kid- majoring theater- because for her college is about discovery and passion, not trying to figure out why will make the biggest paycheck.
I . . . majored in humanities [a]nd have had steady employment in the top tax bracket for nearly 30 years. My kid is . . . majoring theater- because for her college is about discovery and passion, not trying to figure out wh[at] will make the biggest paycheck.