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Useless majors

sqdwfe13sqdwfe13 Registered User Posts: 1,261 Senior Member
Are majors such as East Asian Studies, African American Studies, Latin American Studies, etc. pretty much useless when you get into the real world?
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Replies to: Useless majors

  • trickysocksmantrickysocksman Registered User Posts: 576 Member
    hmm, it depends on what you define as being useful. if you mean mean in terms of doing stuff thatll make you rich or famous, then probably not so much. those majors, however, are good for going id say mainly into academia where there are various applications of them.
  • GodfatherbobGodfatherbob Registered User Posts: 1,311 Senior Member
    Pretty much. All you can really do with an African American Studies major is write an incredibly esoteric book or become an African American Studies professor, helping a new generation of students major in African American Studies, thereby perpetuating the vicious cycle.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    My New Hampshire Jewish rowing roommate majored in East Asian Studies. His Chinese became better than mine. Went to Wall Street afterwards. Love to learn. You'll go far regardless.
  • sqdwfe13sqdwfe13 Registered User Posts: 1,261 Senior Member
    T26E4, that's awesome, great for him. But I have a feeling that I wouldn't get that fortunate. Did he do anything other than East Asian studies?
  • qialahqialah Registered User Posts: 1,897 Senior Member
    Both Kirsten Gillibrand and Tim Geithner have BAs in East Asian Studies. They've done OK.
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    sqd: he obviously took economics as well as other types of classes but he majored in E Asian Studies. We attended an HYP college.
  • jonahrubinjonahrubin Registered User Posts: 547 Member
    Having some economics background and speaking Chinese is obviously marketable...
  • BPKO43BPKO43 Registered User Posts: 267 Junior Member
    Anything with "studies" at the end of it, in general, tends to be a very interesting yet less marketable major.
  • Louis XIIILouis XIII Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    I disagree-

    If say, for example you Majored in East Asian Studies or Latin American studies, had a minor in pol, history, or economics, and actually did something with your undergrad career instead of sitting on College Discussion all day(study abroad, internships in DC, internships with the UN, spoke and learned in demand languages etc) plus pulling a 3.7+, which is easy to do, I think you could be just as successful at landing a job as someone with an Economics degree (or a degree that is seen as "worthwhile." )

    It really comes down to what you make of your degree and how much you are willing hustle/work hard. Which is true for any other degree.

    My college mentor is making 75K and she majored in Latin American studies.
  • maxellismaxellis Registered User Posts: 1,172 Senior Member
    Pulling a 3.7+ is not that easy. It's completely achievable, but don't demean the people who accomplish this by calling it easy.
  • Louis XIIILouis XIII Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
    In a "Studies" Major? Yes it is. If you have "studies" in your major name, and you struggle pulling a 3.8+, there is something really wrong with you. You either are studying too hard, or are not studying/playing the class strategically.
  • augustuscaesaraugustuscaesar Registered User Posts: 395 Member
    The people who bring out examples where East Asia studies majors are successful are overlooking the fact that their major still contributed nothing to their eventual career.
  • qialahqialah Registered User Posts: 1,897 Senior Member
    In Geithner's case he spent time in the US Embassy in Tokyo. Given that China is the single largest holder of US debt and a huge trading partner, you really don't think it's useful for the Secretary of the Treasury or a Senator to have some knowledge of East Asia?

    I think you've got college confused with vocational school.
  • pkp20pkp20 Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    There are no useless majors, just useless people.
  • BPKO43BPKO43 Registered User Posts: 267 Junior Member
    Tax cheat Tim Geithner?

    Several language courses and a culture course or two, perhaps. A whole major? no..
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