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eradicate-ew:

Lol, yeah, not going to lie I was little upset about that too.

I have a friend majoring in the business department and she kept trying to rub it in my face.

But I rather chill with people in the arts and humanties department.

whatever makes you happy though.

sidenote: Its kinda ironic this post is coming newsweek, most of the staff are probably journalism or english majors.

Honestly we’re pretty sure everyone who sits in a bagel-throwing distance of our desk majored in one of these so-called “useless majors.” Fret not, young eradicator. You’ll be just fine.

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Our Arts Critic Responds to the ‘Useless Majors’ List
When Blake Gopnik, Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s arts critic, saw that arts degrees made up the majority of our ‘13 useless college majors’ list, he was a little upset, so we asked for a post from Blake to put it all into context.
Here’s Blake (follow him on tumblr!):

I say we could simply re-title The Daily Beast’s survey as “The 13 Most Useful College Majors” and it would be equally valid.
After all, who’s more important today, Rembrandt or the people who bought his art? Monet or the people who bought his? Van Gogh or the rich idiots who FAILED to buy what he made? Useless is as useless does, I say, and it seems pretty clear to me that, across history, many of the people who made the biggest difference had training in the most useless professions. (Aristotle, anyone?) 
Again, which is more useless, adding another million dollars to the millions you already have, or adding a new work of art, or a new thought, to the world’s store of ideas? The single biggest problem the world has today, by far  is that people in the West are used to owning and using too much, and are setting an impossible example for the rest of the planet. (See the new movie called “Surviving Progress”). So there’s real-world, practical virtue in living modestly, “uselessly”, and taking your pleasure from the thoughts and ideas you acquired in getting your “useless” degree in art or poetry or philosophy.  The world will not be a better place when more people have more money and stuff. It can ONLY be better when more people have better thoughts.
I’m proud to say that my first degree, in medieval history, and my second and third, in art history, are as useless as they come. I’d do them all over again.
PS: The most recent issue of Newsweek magazine ran a nice long and positive review of a book by philosopher Michael Sandel claiming that money is not the measure of all things – and that it’s ruining America’s values.

Read the Michael Sandel book review // Follow Blake on Tumblr
(Ed: Oooh! Ooh! We just so happen to have a live chat planned with Michael Sandel on Wednesday at 1pm ET. We swear this wasn’t planned, but so cool Blake mentioned the book review.)

Our Arts Critic Responds to the ‘Useless Majors’ List

When Blake Gopnik, Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s arts critic, saw that arts degrees made up the majority of our ‘13 useless college majors’ list, he was a little upset, so we asked for a post from Blake to put it all into context.

Here’s Blake (follow him on tumblr!):

I say we could simply re-title The Daily Beast’s survey as “The 13 Most Useful College Majors” and it would be equally valid.

After all, who’s more important today, Rembrandt or the people who bought his art? Monet or the people who bought his? Van Gogh or the rich idiots who FAILED to buy what he made? Useless is as useless does, I say, and it seems pretty clear to me that, across history, many of the people who made the biggest difference had training in the most useless professions. (Aristotle, anyone?) 

Again, which is more useless, adding another million dollars to the millions you already have, or adding a new work of art, or a new thought, to the world’s store of ideas? The single biggest problem the world has today, by far  is that people in the West are used to owning and using too much, and are setting an impossible example for the rest of the planet. (See the new movie called “Surviving Progress”). So there’s real-world, practical virtue in living modestly, “uselessly”, and taking your pleasure from the thoughts and ideas you acquired in getting your “useless” degree in art or poetry or philosophy.  The world will not be a better place when more people have more money and stuff. It can ONLY be better when more people have better thoughts.

I’m proud to say that my first degree, in medieval history, and my second and third, in art history, are as useless as they come. I’d do them all over again.

PS: The most recent issue of Newsweek magazine ran a nice long and positive review of a book by philosopher Michael Sandel claiming that money is not the measure of all things – and that it’s ruining America’s values.

Read the Michael Sandel book review // Follow Blake on Tumblr

(Ed: Oooh! Ooh! We just so happen to have a live chat planned with Michael Sandel on Wednesday at 1pm ET. We swear this wasn’t planned, but so cool Blake mentioned the book review.)

Don’t f*cking tell me that the arts are useless. In such a visual, media-oriented society, design, creativity, and ART are everywhere. When you go home at night, you don’t read the latest science journals about finding the largest prime number, YOU WATCH F*CKING TV, WHICH IS MADE BY WRITERS, ACTORS, DIRECTORS, AND ARTISTS. Seriously. do. not. f*cking. TELL ME that the arts are unimportant. Just because it’s not in a museum or a literary journal does not mean it’s not art.
I know I’m going to get a lot of hate for this comment, but it was actually best described by my History Professor (I’m a double major of chemistry and history): Sciences are the movers and shakers of the majors, the rest enrich lives. Science cures illness, creates indoor plumbing, creates safer buildings, and keeps us from eating poisons. Sciences will never go to war, they may argue, but it is quickly solved by an experiment (ex./ “water has 2 hydrogens” “no it doesn’t!” “you want to bet!” “yeah!” “to the lab!” problem solved) where as other disciplines will be constantly warring. Science creates a safer life, its the rest of the disciplines that make it bearable. So yes, in some ways science is the most useful discipline, but it doesn’t mean that the others are unimportant. Just unnecessary for survival.

The 13 Most Disambiguated Majors (As Determined By Wikipedia)

chrismohney:

  1. Clarence Major (born 1936), American poet
  2. Edward Major (1615–c. 1655), Virginia colonial politician
  3. John Major (born 1943), British Prime Minister
  4. John C. Major (born 1931), Canadian jurist
  5. Corporal Leo Major (1921–2008), Corporal in the Canadian Army
  6. Mark Major (born 1970), Canadian ice hockey player
  7. William James Major (1881–1953), Canadian politician and jurist
  8. Bill Majors (born 1960), American Christian missionary
  9. Johnny Majors (born 1935), American football player and coach
  10. Lee Majors (born 1939), American actor
  11. Shirley Majors (1914–1981), American football coach; father of several notable football players and coaches, the most famous being Johnny Majors
  12. Les Major (1926–2001), English footballer
  13. William T. Major (1790-1867), American pastor

Point! 

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I hate what capitalism has done to university, and all inevitable “privileged white princess” accusations aside, I refuse to content myself with the fact that it’s become all about the marketability of degrees as opposed to the simple joy in learning and gaining expertise in a field you love. Ambitious, passionate young people deserve so much better than this.
Sure this is a list of majors that do not guarantee short term prospects, financial success, or even a career path. I did not major in Medieval history and minor in Classics to become a millionaire. Few do. I decided that I wanted to enjoy my four years in college academically as well as socially. I love history. Always have, always will. There are inherent risks in majoring in a “liberal art” but we hold our own in debates.