The Stakes are High: Finding the Major That Is the Right Fit for You

Take a look at Richard Greenwald’s recent article in The Daily Beast (March 25, 2017). “What about what you major in? It matters, but less than you think,” Greenwald writes.

“While it can be easy to denigrate anthropology, philosophy or art history, the reality is that the top 25% of those majors will out earn the bottom 25% of engineering majors over a lifetime. The key is to study something you can excel in, and that makes you excited. That really means do what you love. If you love it, you will do well. If you are an okay accounting major, but a superstar English major, you might have a better economic future going with English in the long run, not to mention a better experience as a student. Don’t underestimate the career potential of a humanities major such as philosophy as they outearn many more business or professionally-focused majors over the course of a lifetime.”

Greenwald, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York, is also a professor of history and author of the forthcoming book, Class Dismissed: Higher Education for the Masses, to be published by The New Press in 2018.

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