My math teacher says any major is bullshit besides a math or science major. Do you agree?
She says that most people that go to college for majors other than math and science end up not being able to to law school because there are no other choices. Do you think she is right or wrong and why? Update: Actaually she did use the word bullshit. And she says if you go for majors other than math and science you'll end up doing nothing and going to law school instead because there are few other choices. She did this herself and didn't like it so she went to teaching. Update 2: And i really don't get why everbody is saying english degree is more important. Where is that going to get you at all?See Answer 10 Add Answers
I think any degree is worth pursuing if you have a passion for it. You don't go to university to get a job, you go to university to enhance your learning in a particular field and become part of the academic elite. The idea of going to university to gain a career is a relatively new one.
Besides this, your maths teacher is completely wrong. Only 50% of careers which require a degree require a specific one, and the vast majority of those are in the science or engineering fields so you could say technically an arts degree is more worthwhile as it leaves more paths open to you.
All degrees have some value, just because someone with a mathematical or scientific mind does not see the value in a history or religious studies degree does not make it worthless. Its not up to me to say one is more important than the other because all academic study is important and its very ignorant to say one has more worth.
I'm currently doing a Computer Science degree, and I have two modules in mathematics alongside the computing ones. The maths you have to do isn't too tricky to be honest! There's obviously the basics such as binary, hexadecimal, and a small bit of octal(!), these are for obvious reasons because it's how a computer operates. There's also a major part in differentiation and integration (I can't remember what for), there's a major part, also, in statistics (for networking, the chances of a network going down etc.). Before I went to university, I had a B in mathematics at GCSE, I completed a BTEC National Diploma in ICT (which taught me little maths), then went to uni and that's where I am now (doing my exams in the first year), I've currently learned the maths required now, I'm just being examined on it. My advice: go for it; the worst that could happen is after one year (or even within the first few weeks of the course if you feel you're that bad at it), if you feel you're failing, you can change course (to perhaps a Computer Science related degree, that isn't so heavy on the computing and maths section (perhaps Business Computing).
Wrong. Sure math and science is great, but if your just doing it for the money, and don't have the potential, its not worth the trouble.
Art is a valuable major because not only is it fun, it allows you too express yourself.
French IS VERY USEFUL, even more then science, in some jobs you might be selected because of the way you speak or write french.
So your teacher is wrong.
Well, there definitely is this line of thought. Math and Science degrees definitely demand higher salaries when you graduate. (Average Salaries for a Math/Science BS after graduation is about 10K higher than someone who just earned their BA in a Liberal Arts subject) But, they are not the only 'practical' degrees out there. BSEd degrees are very practical, as they lead one to be a teacher, and job certainty. BA in Business Administration jobs actually pay higher than a lot of science jobs right after college, and you have the ability to move into high paying regional management jobs with work experience.
Strangely enough, the degree that has the highest percentage of students (66%) accepted into med school is Music. (Music - pre. med, vs. Biochem - Pre. med, 44%) There is lots of info on how Liberal Arts degrees benefit people when they get into the workforce. Most people who go to get their Law degree (definitely a high paying job by most accounts) have an undergraduate in a liberal arts subject. (Pol.Sc., Sociology, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Philosophy, Literature, etc)
She is of course, showing her bias, but I also show my bias towards music classes. (link below on the research for Music to Med School)
she is wrong if she said what you wrote, but I suspect she may have said that a degree in something like philosophy is only going to be useful in getting a job as an academic or perhaps entrance into law school. the problem for many people is if they major in something like philosophy and then don't get accepted into law school, or run out of money for school, they are stuck with a degree that might not be as useful as one from a more practical course of study. but Math and science are far from the only majors that help someone get a job. there are tons of jobs for people with degrees in liberal arts, and social sciences like economics for instance.
republicans think they are right even when they are dead wrong. I would bet anything she is a republican. My son started out to get a biology degree but ended up switching to finance & got a degree in that. He didn't use it. He is working on his MBA & makes a ton of money with great benefits as a superintendent....Let's see what did Oprah have a degree in? Oh, journalism, she did Ok, for a black women at a time when it was not easy at all. Let's see who is the highest paid actore Charlie Sheen? he used to be I don't know he majored in...so find out what the people in the highest fields majored in to see if she is right....Colin Powell was in the military...Condi Rice? Anyone who manages the country.