When I was choosing my major I figured I should major in something that would help me land a job.
I was pretty short-sighted and didn’t quite understand what that meant but I figured there were some majors that either didn’t get jobs or that got very low-paying jobs.
I ultimately chose to get a degree in business with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. The only other alternative I seriously considered was an emphasis in accounting, but I had ZERO intention of going that route.
Armed with my BA in CIS I was ready to meet the professional world. Of course, I had an education complex so I eventually got my MBA also, and was sure I was on the path to serious job security!!
I would look at other majors, namely humanities, and think “good luck, but seriously, didn’t you realize you were putting yourself at a disadvantage?”
Yes, short-sighted, I know. I realize different, now, but back then that’s what I thought.
Okay, that’s a long intro for such a short point… I recently came across an awesome, amazing blog for humanities majors. This is written by Scott Sprenger, the Associate Dean at BYU, and is called Humanities+ (or, Humanities Plus). Here’s the description on what the PLUS means:
To provide ideas and resources for bridging the traditional humanities major to the professional work world.
Which is different if you put the PLUS before Humanities, like this:
To provide students in business, social science, engineering, pre-law, etc., with reasons and strategies for enriching vocational training with skills provided by the Humanities.
Summing it up:
Whether it’s H+ or +H, the Humanities should play an important role in everybody’s education.
I LOVE that… very clever, very thoughtful. Beyond that, though, I’ve skimmed through a number of Scott’s posts and they are very high-value for a Humanities type.
Go check it out – and Scott, excellent job!