Finding Purpose in the “Useless” Majors

I’m going to be frank about this: I go to a science heavy school, and I am not a science major.  As a result, there is a lot of friendly teasing going on about what can I do after school, and why I’m even bothering to major in something as easy as writing.

Actually, this is something I’ve noticed happens to a lot of non-science majors, regardless of if they are hard science or “soft” sciences, like psychology and sociology. This is phenomenon is so common, actually, that my freshmen year Literature professor devoted an entire day of class to reading an article saying exactly why the “useless” majors were so important.

I should say that I will be referring to biology and communications as my two primary examples, as these are what I know best. However, both of these categories can apply to a wide variety of majors.

What do you want?

First and foremost, if you are passionate about something, that shouldn’t be a hindrance to it. As a firm believer in the “if there’s a will, there’ a way” statement, and knowing that college is one of the best chances to pursue your interests, I think that these should be good enough reasons to pursue any degree paths, so long as you are truly interested, and willing to accept whatever will come.

Be Flexibility

Flexibility is another important aspect to these majors that you often don’t see in others. For a biology or psychology, the track is often fairly narrow and involving  further levels of schooling. Or at least, that’s what I’ve come to understand from talking to my friends in the sciences.  Other majors, such as communications, have a lot of flexibility as to what you can do with them.

Essentially, they are similar industries, but there are many options within them. The trick is, finding out exactly what you can do with them. In my experience, that’s the trickiest part.  Anyone in the department will advocate how many different things you can do with the degree, but they have a tendency to be vague about what the options are.  They do exist though, I promise. Just make sure that you search for them.

To further look into the different industries,  looking into internships can be useful. They not only show the scope of the field you’ll be looking into, in almost any field, they are crucial to getting your foot in the proverbial door.  Additionally, you’ll be able to gain some experience of what your future career may be like.

Pair them up

Finally, you can combine multiple interests of yours, even other majors. This is especially useful if one of these interests or abilities is another language. Knowledge of another language is almost always useful. Education is another major that can be paired well with some of the more obscure majors that you may be interested in. If teaching is something you could see yourself doing that might be something to consider. These programs may be seen as useless on their own, but when combined with another major, they could give you an advantage in the job field.

When all else fails, there is the steady reliance on that “somebody has to write the textbooks for you guys,” although, rest assured, there is much more to any major than just filling out textbooks for another’s.

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Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes

Stefanie Hughes is a senior at Benedictine University, with a double major in Writing & Publishing and Theology. She spends her free time working on Benedictine’s newspaper, The Candor, as well as being a member of Daughters of Isabella, Students for Life, and helping around University Ministry. Any other extra time is filled with reading, writing, cooking, video editing, biking or walking around the lake.

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