College majors' value not measured in cash



A UMNS commentary

The magazine industry is interesting to me, especially with regard to rankings. It seems these days magazines attempt to capitalize on rankings that purport to provide factual data the consumer desires.

The strategy is smart to a degree, as the United States has a love affair with rankings — but only certain ones.

We highly debate the BCS football rankings every year while never mentioning how our nation continues its slide in the world in terms of educating our children. Our priorities are in the wrong place.

Our misplaced priorities revealed themselves in a recent ranking by Kiplinger’s of the “worst majors for your career.”
 
Using a set of metrics they determined, 10 majors were identified that would damage students’ careers, generate low pay and could have higher levels of unemployment. I have no qualms with this methodology because this is a magazine that focuses on personal finance and business forecasting.

There was little surprise using these metrics that majors such as philosophy and religion, English, film and fine arts made the list. The humanities fields, which speak to the human condition, are viewed as less valuable because they don’t generate enough money. But I ask, “Enough money for what?”

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