- Added on: June 15th, 2011
I'm still on the fence about this one. I have a BA in Philosophy. Far more useless than many of the degrees listed before, but, like Annie and others said way back at the beginning of the thread oh so many years ago, there are many useful skills for life that come from lib. arts majors. For example, I'm not sure I've lost an argument since graduation. I learned to think critically, rationally, and communicate both orally and in writing clearly and effectively. Those skills have been exceptionally useful in my real life, and were not skills I had before university.
I chose my major because it was the only thing I could find where I didn't have to take math. I started out in natural resources and changed several times. I had NO idea what I wanted to do in life, and dabbled in all sorts of things instead. Which was good in some ways and not in others.
The good thing is that I am an exceptionally well-rounded person. I have a broad range of skills, interests, and understanding.
I definitely have regrets, though. I think that I would have been much better served to have studied a language at least. That's a noble thing to learn and a very useful skill as well. Some might even say marketable... which is definitely not something I hear about myself without a negative prefix very often these days (UN-marketable, NON-marketable, and HAHAHAHA! marketable?!?! seem more common now). Now, when I want to actually start a career in life, I find that I have to essentially start all over, and most professions of value are going to require at least a slight background in math. And so I find myself, at 33, looking at having to take several years of university again somehow and try to learn math that I haven't even looked at since high school, when I could have just put a little more effort in the first time around and saved myself years and thousands of dollars later in life.
But hindsight is always 20/20. My life has been exactly as I really wanted it, and I know that if I would have studied something like engineering, I would have been compelled to get a job after graduation and I wouldn't have let myself really get out into the world. Not that you can't, of course, but I know myself, and I wouldn't have. So, it is what it is.