Economist, professor, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist, Steven Pearlstein, an American Studies major himself, explains why a major in history, philosophy, the arts or even English (yay!) is worth the time, effort and money. Here’s the link and quote:
Even so, I found it shocking that some of the brightest students in Virginia had been misled — by parents, the media, politicians and, alas, each other — into thinking that choosing English or history as a major would doom them to lives as impecunious schoolteachers.
If that didn’t convince you, read this from Chemistry professor Loretta Jackson-Hayes:
As a chemist, I agree that remaining competitive in the sciences is a critical issue. But as an instructor, I also think that if American STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] grads are going lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts.
Talk to your counselor about switching to one of these majors or certificate programs!
- General Studies AA: Studies in Humanities, Arts, Communication, and Languages (HACL Core)
- Women’s Studies Certificate
- Technical Writing Certificate (a statewide program)