<p>First off: it shouldn't even be called WOMEN'S studies. Now it's GENDER STUDIES. I'm not going to get into an argument with a bunch of guys about the validity of my minor or gender studies as a major because it's a red herring for the real problem here. Although THIS:</p>
"It's kind of a total waste to go into majors like that where all you can really do is sit around in Starbucks with a latte to discuss your beliefs."
is just ridiculous. </p>
<p>The real issue here is the debt, and I don't know why the OTHER most expensive college in the US (Sarah Lawrence) isn't nearly catching as much flack as NYU is. We're beating a dead horse here, guys. Yes, we know our financial aid is awful. Yes, we know the economy is bad. But there's no reason to sit around bashing majors or (gasp) what people believe in. </p>
<p>I know that it probably isn't worth it to go into that much debt for a liberal arts degree, I probably would have also minored in something more practical. Then again, all of my friends all majored in something most people call "impractical" (Communications) and they're all sitting pretty with jobs at tech companies and video game companies. Why? Because they also learned how to code, write programs and create content. </p>
<p>The bottom line here, and I'm writing this for the freshman who wants to major in something some people might call "pointless", is to HAVE A BACK UP PLAN. Learn how to code. Take pre-law classes. Major or minor in accounting or econ, I don't care. Just have some sort of plan B. And then go on and major/minor in what you want. That's why for me, Gender Studies is only the minor, not the major. I'm practical about it. But to go off on someone's major is just taking cheap shots when it's obscuring the real issue.</p>