Correia Mocks Your Major

Hey all- Jack here, with a blast from the past. This was actually from a comments section on a post on the Book of Faces from 2020. Someone brought it up recently over there and I realized it had never made it to here. Submitted for your amusement- Correia Mocks Your Major -Jack

Econ, Finance, and Accounting. The people who have to actually understand how money works in real life, are the least likely to favor socialism. That’s what a trained criminal investigator might call a clue. 😀

I’m surprised they found that many accountants who actually like socialism, but then again, I worked with a few idiots. They were usually total morons who never advanced beyond whatever entry level position they started at, and were usually miserable to work with.

Good accountants need to be clever, think critically, have a finely tuned bullshit detector, do research, and solve problems on their own. Do any of those things sound like things socialists are known for?  

Those 26% of socialist econ majors will be fine. They’ll all get university or government jobs.

The philosophy majors will all be unemployed anyway, so they won’t matter. 😀 

I think the only way to get a good paying job with a philosophy degree is to go to law school afterwards.

The 28% of criminology majors? Those want to be the Stasi and have a pair of brightly shined jack boots in their closet.

The English majors will all be too busy working at Starbucks. They’re just bitter because they got all those student loans to teach them how to be terrible writers. I know hundreds of successful authors and I can count on my fingers, of probably one hand, how many of those got English degrees. They want Bernie to redistribute the book deals. 😀

When I went to college Sociology was for the dumber football players who needed a super easy major to coast through with a high enough GPA in order to maintain their eligibility. So half of that 57% thought they’d better guess socialism was good because the word had social in it.

Nobody has ever cared what the music majors think about anything. They’re just angry the most successful musicians are just regular dudes who started a band in their garage. Now Bernie needs to redistribute the gigs.

What the fuck is an International Relations degree? 😀 Gimmie a break. Go get a real degree where you’ll actually be useful enough to get hired at a company that does business in another country, and learn that language. Maybe this is for state department people? Beats me.

Oh snap! I forgot Anthro! 😀  Who cares what they think about politics? Every society they know about died. The last anthropologist anyone paid attention to was Bones, and she’s imaginary. 😀

Yeah, I’ve crushed too many Phil majors in debates to have even an iota of respect for the average quality of that degree. 

The Phil class I was required to take, I spent most of the time being berated by the angry feminist professor, and then used my wife’s art history knowledge to flip one of her dumb assignments and make her look like a fool in front of the class. I got a terrible grade. Good times. It was supposed to be a logic class, but it was mostly angry feminist 101. The book was excellent though. I actually learned a lot from it. So I learned quite a bit, but mostly because I used the textbook we were required to buy yet never used, to pick out the dozens of logical fallacies the teacher had in every lecture.   

And then one day she was going through classical art for some reason, and how it was all about feminism(?) and she showed us this painting of a woman violently sawing off a man’s head, and explained how this was from a female painter who was loathed and despised by all the men despite her great talent, and she painted this to strike back at the patriarchy. Oh yeah, and the teacher guessed the passion in this art was because the artist must have been sexually assaulted at some point. (remember, this is a LOGIC class) 

I told my wife about this (who was getting an art history degree) and she said bullshit, that’s Artemisia Gentileschi. Who was successful and rather famous in her day. And the painting is of Judith killing Holophrenes (sp?) from the Apocrypha. And then my wife showed me a dozen other paintings by MALE painters of the same era, showing the exact same event. Armed with a fat art history textbook and a whole bunch of notes from my wife, I went to class the next day and THREW DOWN. 😀 I pointed out her multitude of logical fallacies (citing the $50 text book we never actually used!) and made her look like an idiot, until I got the inevitable “Mr. Correia, sit down or you will have to leave!” (which ironically enough, I heard a lot in college!) 

I think I got a D. 

Oh yeah. I’m a huge fan of “education”.

This thread has morphed into Correia Insults Everyone’s College Major. You know what? I’ll keep going. Throw out your major and I’ll say why it sucks. BECAUSE THEY ALL DO! I worked at my college’s bookstore for 5 years. I saw every stereotype!

Above somebody said Poli Sci. Political Science was for kids who hadn’t yet realized everything the government does is bullshit to take for a year or two and then drop out, socialists, and the rest of the football team who needed something super easy to coast through with a high enough GPA to keep playing football. I’m not joking about football either. Not mocking football players in general (because that includes half my family) most of them are average, and many of them are smart, but colleges also recruit some really dummies, who have no business being in college beyond the fact they could run fast with a football.  If we had a jock come into the bookstore (we could tell because their classes were always printed on these little orange cards) and said jock was totally incoherent, possibly stoned, didn’t know what was going on, and was obviously dumber than a brick… all the books we picked out for them (because they couldn’t figure out alphabetical order!) were for Sociology or Political Science. EVERY SINGLE TIME.


Accounting majors, my people… Lack social skills? Want a job where you think you won’t ever have to talk to other human beings? Are you autistic? Do you have fixation issues? WELL WE’VE GOT THE MAJOR FOR YOU! Oh yeah, except we lied. You totally have to talk to actual human beings all the time. Sorry, you awkward nerd. On the bright side, this is one of the few majors where if you start talking about how socialism is good, all the good professors (all of whom held real accounting jobs before becoming professors) will yell at you.

Ag Science! It’s like getting a regular science degree, only with less math! Except you will have to put your entire arm inside a cow, but that’s still better than having to take calculus.

For Brian Lee Durfee, ART MAJORS! Can you draw really good? Are you passionate about painting? Do you pour your soul into your creation? Do you polish your craft and try to constantly improve your skills? Are you willing to spend hundreds of hours laboring over a project, trying to make it as beautiful and perfect as possible?  Then you’re gonna hate Art, because after you spend hundreds of hours creating that piece of beauty, you’re gonna get a C from a professor who can’t draw for shit, while the motherfucker who splashed some paint on the floor for two minutes gets an A. 

Go get a business degree so you can have a real job that actually pays money, and keep painting on the side until you can make a living selling that shit to rich people.

Art History (as explained to me by the Lovely Mrs. Correia) is for people who love Art, and want to be Art Majors, but can’t draw.

FORESTRY! Do you like the great outdoors? Do you like to play hacky sack? Are you a white dude with dreadlocks? FUCKIN’ A BRO! LET’S GO CAMPING! But that was 20 years ago. I’m assuming now this is just another division of Global Warming Class.

HUMAN RESOURCES – Do you hate people? Do you enjoy making people miserable? Would you like to spend 80% of your career filing meaningless government paperwork that no one will ever read? Are you unhappy and think that everyone else should be just as unhappy as you? Then HR is right for you. Here at the Human Resources Department, we pride ourselves in sucking all the fun out of business. UH OH! Those employees are having fun wrong! We’d better have a 16 hour mandatory Power Point presentation on the dangers of sexual harassment! In my entire business career I had one HR person who was a happy, decent human being. I don’t know how he slipped through. They vowed to never let that happen again.

Here at the college of Engineering, we pride ourselves in taking all the students who were too autistic for even the Accounting department. We also pride ourselves in being the hardest major, because fuck you is why. Basically we have a lot of pride, because we fucking earned it. Our books cost $500 each. We punch you in the face with math. And you’d better like it, maggots, because now have some more math. And when we’re not doing math, we’re making fun of all the chuckleheads in lesser degrees, because we think they’re all pussies. The College of Engineering isn’t on this chart, because this chart is for pussies. Engineers don’t care about socialism, because we have ascended beyond your petty partisan politics. The universe is made of math, and I’m gonna build a motherfucking spaceship. Also, we make six figures as soon as we graduate and get all the bitches. Peace out. (but he does not drop the mic, because he understands that will damage the sensitive audio equipment)

For Joshua Hill, History Majors. 

History is of vital importance. We must understand the past so that we can understand the future. It is the story of who we are. Join a fascinating and appealing major. It’s also pretty easy, so you’re gonna be surrounded by a bunch of pot smoking dummies. Oh yeah, and there’s not any jobs when you graduate. Sorry. You’ll be lucky to get a job teaching apathetic morons in high school, where you will get to teach the same ten lessons over and over and over and over again to people who don’t want to be there, until you die of a self inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 56, and you still haven’t paid off your student loans. And the saddest part wasn’t the alcoholism or suicide, it’s that you had to go back to college for two more years to get an education degree before they’d even let you get that shitty high school history teacher job. So you’ll probably want to get a job doing something totally unrelated to your history degree. Oh, yeah, and instead of spending $40k to have a grad student read from a history book to you, you could like read the book yourself for free or something. So we’ve got that going for us.

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75 thoughts on “Correia Mocks Your Major”

  1. I was wondering what you would say about engineering majors. Got my BS in engineering.

    My high school counsellor cried when I told him I was going into engineering. He said, “Why? You love history. You are good at it.” I told him, although I loved history I would rather make history than write about it – and I could write about it after I made some history. And engineering was where I saw history would be made over the next 50 years. (I was 18 at the time with the arrogance of youth. It was the 1970s – and you know, I was right about engineering making history.)

    Back then it was a great major. Back then the engineering school was the place that told you “pay attention or the bridge you build will fall down, and everyone will know it was because YOU fouled up.” It wasn’t PC, no one cared about your feelings, and you practically had to memorize the first verse of Kipling’s “Hymn of Breaking Strain” to get through. (And if you were smart, you would memorize the rest of the poem, too.)

    And yeah, I did manage to make some history as an engineer. Not the George Patton type of history, but more like the crewman on a 4th Armored Division tank kind of history. It was a ride and a half.

    And I even write about history today.

    1. Good thing I read all the way down. My degree was in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in heat transfer and thermogoddamics. Back in the ’70’s it had not yet been even slightly contaminated with any entitlement mentality, and it was either sink or swim given the clear and objective standards of the day.

  2. You forgot Liberal Arts majors.

    Nevermind. I just needed a degree. Because I was already ten years into my career track in IT. People who work with computers (not you, programmers!) Need to be logical, and understand how systems work together to create a useful output. And that’s why anybody who is long term IT operations will hate socialism.

    1. Yep. I do IT work for a government agency. Every other division in the agency is chock-full of Marxists, socialists, and thought police … er, HR narcs.

      But not IT. Why? Because everyone needs their sh!t to work, we need our sh!t to work to make their sh!t work, and we’re too busy keeping everyone’s sh!t working to entertain utopian fantasy nonsense.

      Funny how the vocations most grounded in reality and real-life sh!t, usually have the fewest socialist utopia dreamers.

      1. Give it time, some idiots will decide that you’re being way too practical and meritocratic

        And as such have too much skill and other forms of value

        The more skilled and valuable, the more you can challenge the leadership and perhaps leave with no consequence to yourself, but consequence to the department

        You and your fellows have made yourselves targets to be, sooner or later

        Those wackos on the other areas are there, BECAUSE they are a bunch of incompetents, as such they are LOYAL, because they wouldn’t be hired and kept in power anywhere or any when more sane, else. They even can operate as Political Commissars for the workplace.

        1. Oh, I have no illusions about the direction even the IT division will eventually go, and I’m keeping my options open.

          That said, I’ve been in this division for over a decade and so far there’s very little sign of the Marxist rot that infects the rest of the agency. The occasional workers who think that way have either kept it to themselves while at work, transferred to one of the other divisions, or sought other opportunities elsewhere.

          But understanding Conquest’s Three Laws of Politics (particularly #2) and Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy as I do, I keep my eyes open at all times.

      2. Same here, work for schools. Academia is chock full of them. However if a piece of equipment is not working right they go through the roof. I watched an admin stick their nose into a scenario completely unrelated to them, proceed to make a mess and embarrassment of themselves in their ignorance. They then blame the tech dept. because there must be something wrong with the equipment….

  3. I will note that a BA in Liberal Arts from a GOOD university or college will give one the necessary structure to get a Masters in, say, Business and Finance.
    My late older sister did exactly that, and she had (just) enough philosophy to know when to move on to another business or career, decisively and without burning bridges.

  4. The History degree is accurate, except he forgot the soul sucking parent teacher conferences with apathetic students and uninvolved parents who think they’re precious child is just too smart for my class and oh yeah also wants school to be more like a day care than educational, but also gets pissed off when their kid can’t read beyond a fourth grade level and clearly it’s my fault…

    1. Pretty much. Got my BA and worked in aviation for a decade. Got my MA and PhD just as the market for my specialty collapsed.

      I improvised, adapted, and overcame. I also had a few olde school profs who valued thinking over parroting the latest trends. (And a take-no-prisoners Latin prof who didn’t care that a freshman had gotten mixed in with seniors. We all sweated blood for our As and Bs.)

    2. I’ve often been asked why I don’t teach. “You’re so good at it! You even get me interested in this stuff.”

      My response used to be gratitude, followed by saying that my problem with it wouldn’t be the students. I can handle apathetic, snotty, or even aggressive kids/teenagers/young adults. No, my problem would be with the parents, followed closely by administration.

      But now? Now, the day the first student tells me I have to use their boutique pronouns is the day I lose my job.

    3. In today’s high schools, a 10th grader reading at a 4th grade level is an overachiever. Probably gets bullied for it, too.

      Jimmeh Cahtah’s Education Department has spent 45 years and over $2 TRILLION ‘improving’ the public schools. I don’t see any improvement.

  5. He hit Finance and Accounting, but what about Marketing, Information Systems and Business Management? I would love to hear Larry’s take on those.

    1. Is there an actual IT degree? I majored in Computer Science, and now I work as Sys Admin. My degree may give me a better than average understanding of how hardware behaves and how the OS works, but I rarely actually use that.

    1. Don’t even get me started. My grandmother was an Ed professor. She specialized in a worthwhile area (helping kids with reading difficulties), and she would be spinning in her grave if someone told her what passes for scholarship in today’s Ed departments.

    2. In fairness to sociology, I think Ed is the collection tank for the washouts from every other department.

    3. I am a teacher and cannot argue with that.
      I am non traditional (which means as a full fledged adult I got my BS and then a Teaching masters)

      There, when last I looked, there are no classes on the brain or how we think and learn. Wasted time on “differentiated learning” which is garbage. All about the brain structure we end up teaching ourselves.

      A summary of teachers is “a woman with an average IQ.”

      I get scolded when the experts come in and I counter them.

    1. EE was all math.

      Except we had better labs than the Physics majors since we stole all their spherical frictionless cows and we played with sparks, blinking lights, and cooking via RF.

      And take two more classes and you have a double major of EE/Math. Add quantum mechanics as well and get a triple major.

      1. Fellow EE (well ECE now, BSc in 2005, you have to minor in computer science too) and can confirm everything in your post is accurate.

  6. TBF Larry, I think it’s safe to say this has been going on for decades, if not over a century

    Colleges have prestige and are highly incomplete and at times outright wrong in what they teach

    But that’s because they’re meant to give people prestige for having entered to begin with, doesn’t matter what degree you got

    In this age where lots of people complain about the internet, they also forget about online education being a thing and that they sent their kids to schools and colleges where their brains and interests were turned to mush even without the Long March Through Institutions

    Academia’s NOT hands on, like the Trade Schools, it’s mostly theory and written exams, a number of which require actual versatility but the students don’t learn that

    The Professor taught the math, the students learned merely the equations, the professor is stumped that they didn’t understand what he taught them…..much later realizes that they never really understood the principles and that they only memorized equations and so if the equation is written differently, they turn into morons

    And take note, this is a world wide phenomenon, even the Chinese are realizing that a degree doesn’t actually make you smart let alone a good employee

    At most it’s just to show how much effort you’ll do at anything office related

    1. You should check out Charles Percy Snow’s The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. He rather aptly explains what happened to academics. Basically, all the guys who could actually do stuff were pulled into the war effort, so the Humanities professors took over the universities. It’s all been downhill since.

  7. The older I get, the more I see college as a scam. Back in the mid to late 1970s the jobs as our parents knew them, were dying out. We were changing from industrial to computers and data. Businesses got rid of pensions, or they became the only asset when it became time to sell the company. Bethlehem Steel in Maryland closed. The workforce built communities, schools, business as the steel mills produced steel. Gone. The pensions were part of the sale of Beth Steel sale. Actual men on the floor got nothing, and their health benefits gone. Wall Street, and faceless corporations were now in charge and there was no transition from steelworker to what?

    I remember when macs came on campus. It hit the creative community up alongside the head. Then the web came, so printing is in a steep decline, newspapers, magazines, and yes books are in free fall. Guess what I gots my masters in Publication design. I was lucky in that wanted to do the backend or behind the scenes to get the book out to you the hungry public. I also understood what it took to make a book and the files you need. I managed digital assets at a big name university.

    Do I think college helped me? Yes to some extent and no in other respects. all the situations you will find yourself will test what you learned. The past four years, they have been a doozy. I would say to people today, get a skill, or trade. College isn’t the way to go unless you can get a completely free ride or have your job pay for the education.

    It is rough out there. No one tells you that. It’s hard, unrewarding, the odds are against you. Our country is changing yet again, I think it is fracturing apart. I suppose only a few can see where we are going, I am not one of them. For me it is learning to make bread, can, and survive Texas’s brutal summers. You don’t need a college degree for that.

    1. I’m telling my kids, unless the career you want NEEDS a college degree, don’t go to college.

      If you want to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or an engineer, or an accountant, or head up a business, then go to college. Anything else, get some certifications and/or go to a trade school.

      Or if the option is available, apprentice with someone who does that work and learn it hands-on. The experience will give you a much better idea what the job actually entails and how it actually gets done than any amount of academic book-learning, and it avoids the student loans.

      1. Thing is, college/university has been romanticized as a place to “meet people” and “share ideas” and if you don’t go you’re a “moron”

        Very subtly classist

        Also omits that people are so excited to go to college, mostly for the following
        1) Alcohol
        2) Drugs
        3) Sex
        4) Parties
        5) Fraternities/Sororities

        It’s like highschool, but with way less restrictions

        Where else are they gonna get all four on a consistent basis? There’s probably not many “social clubs” they can find that give regular access

        1. Realistically, college/university does let young people make connections, some of which will last their entire lives. (My parents to this day meet up with their fraternity/sorority fellows, which because they moved across the country didn’t even attend the same colleges, but the loyalty and camaraderie is still there.)

          I didn’t attend a four-year college; I did community college and finished my degree in night school. Sometimes I feel like I missed out on the experience — mostly on the connections (but a bit on the alcohol/sex/party/fraternity stuff, let’s be honest 😉 ).

          If my kids’ career paths needs that, then they should go. But if not, then it’s a massive expense with very little real benefit over alternatives.

  8. I’ve been a psychology professor for over twenty years. There’s nothing you can say about psych majors that I haven’t thought myself, as I slog my way through a stack of exams.

    1. I am guessing since you’re here, you may have unfortunately found some dark parts Odin relation to the human psyche

      Like finding out that there are way more female psychopaths than first thought

      That when it comes to a growing number of wealthy people, more money and higher luxuries give out less and less gains in terms of pleasure and as such they end up getting into psychopathic pursuits to alleviate boredom

      And our caveman brains are still unfortunately active and so on

      I am guessing lots of this wasn’t approved at college

  9. I got a history degree because the Army told I had to have a degree after OCS if I wanted to make Captain. I tacked on Geography (I did NOT get lost at Land Nav as a 2LT) and Political Science because I thought I might like to teach after I retired. 1 semester of Student Teaching broke me of that stupid idea. Plus all of the asinine teaching classes for certification were beyond pathetic. Have I used that history degree in my military career? Surprisingly, yes. I had a job as Military Historian. But I had to do Army Training to learn the Army’s version of how to be a historian (for the love of God, can we do research and write about something other than the Battle of Gettysburg? And no, we don’t need to analyze Inchon and write hagiography of MacArthur {looking at you CGSC. Thanks for failing my paper on that BTW})

      1. Ah, what a lovely year that was, learning basic strategy and picking up tips from Latin American exchange officers on everything from counterinsurgency to organizing death squads. Like a dummy, I squandered my evenings at home instead of getting a night school masters in military history through a local university co-op program. Only did two days of golf all year, but got in excellent shape running, went from 1 mile to a half-marathon in 10 months of training, and never regretted it.

  10. I got a degree in philosophy and still got a job.

    … Because I was a dual major. 🙂 Started with computer science and took several philosophy classes because I found it fun (I had good profs, unlike Larry). Then when I realized it would only take a couple more classes to qualify for a major, I went ahead and did it. But all my jobs have been computer programming or tech support. About the only use I’ve made of my philosophy degree is a slightly deeper understanding of jokes involving Plato’s Cave or Descartes or the like.

  11. Most degree majors are like a multi-level marketing scheme. You spend years getting your PhD and it turns out the only job you’re qualified for is already occupied by your professor. Even if he retires, you have to compete for the job with every other student he ever taught.

    1. Back when I was teaching at the U, I told my stats and data science majors (1) don’t go to grad school unless someone else pays and (2) you’ll only get a tenure-track faculty position opportunity if you’re well connected or someone dies.

  12. I was an International Relations major. It was fun. You studied history, poly-sci, and econ in roughly equal doses (a bit less on the econ, because once you’ve grasped Supply and Demand and Comparative Advantage, the rest is math). It was indeed designed to get you ready to take the Foreign Service Exam (which I did, and which includes a personality battery. I think I fucked that part up). It also exists as a recruiting pool for a Certain Intelligence Agency. There may be a picture of me in a suit standing in front of a building in Northern Virginia somewhere (I was unsuccessful there as well).

    1. You can’t pass the Foreign Service Exam unless you’re either militantly homosexual or a sociopath. Their preference is for both.

      I’ve done way too much work in our embassies and consulates. The only worthwhile people at most of them are the MSGs and some of the LEOs (not FBI, though). You meet the occasional good .mil attache.

  13. ” Our books cost $500 each.”

    Yup. Aerospace Engineering from University of Washington, 1989 here. I still have many of the books because the Navy ROTC program bought them for me. Leather bound, usually written by the professor because he didn’t like any of the books that were already available.

    Do I use my degree? Sort of. I teach high school math but they made me retake 11 math classes in the Ed Dept because I didn’t have a math degree and the numbers on my classes didn’t match the numbers on their classes. Sitting through Multi-variable Calculus twenty years later and trying to figure out why I was paying for it a second time was painful.

    1. Not only do our books cost $500 each, but we’re encouraged not to sell them back at the end of the class so we can keep them ‘for references’ for our later career…

      Only I graduated right after all the major engineering layoffs in the Silly-Con Valley in the early 2000s, so no one was hiring. I eventually got a job in Project management doing government contract monthly status reporting and forecasting. The only thing I’ve used those books for since college was to prop up my computer monitors to an actual useable height.

      1. The only thing I’ve used those books for since college was to prop up my computer monitors to an actual useable height.

        I use 500-sheet packs of printer paper for that. It’s cheaper, and no big loss in the event of a coffee spill.

        My textbooks sit on the shelf behind me, mostly to make me look smarter during video calls. 😉

        (This kind of “bookshelf curation”, I understand, is now a lucrative sub-branch of interior design, too, since video conferences have become ubiquitous. People actually pay other people to fill out and arrange bookshelves to make them look smarter or more well-read. The only difference is, I actually have read and understand the contents of all the books behind me.)

    2. When I changed from Mechanical Engineering to Management Information Systems (aka computer science taught by the college of business) I was forced to take the “Calculus for Business Majors” class in spite of having already taken the engineering calculus courses. The TA laughed when he found out why I was only showing up to turn in assignments or find out where the midterms were.

  14. If you want to get a job as an accountant, get your Quickbooks software cert online, and take some accounting classes online at an accredited university like Western Governor’s. No one freaking cares if you have a degree.

    Stay away from CPA unless you like Master’s degree pain.

    Tax prep is even easier, get an Enrolled Agent cert, work for HR Block for a year, and then hang out a shingle.

    Accountants and tax prep guys are in so short supply that businesses will beat a path to your door. Client can’t get his shit together before deadlines? Fire his ass.

    And if you are self employed doing this, it is all work from home. You could do this from a laptop while sitting on a beach in Thailand.

    Why are these people in short supply? Because accounting is boring. Get six figures from home being paid to do boring stuff.

  15. I have a History degree. Not that I ever worked a day as an historian. I’m in IT, and have been for the last 30 years.

    But most of my profs were at least center-right. And the leftists learned quickly that they’d be shot down for stupidity. So it all worked out.

  16. Started out Comp Sci thinking it was Computer Programming. Was I wrong (higher math and I are enemies). Switched to English Lit because I loved to read (especially history) and had pretentions of writing fantasy/sci fi (I still do). For 36 years afterwards I used what I had learned editing repair work descriptions to make them comprehensible to customers (and lawyers in case of legal action. Might have worked, the firm was never successfully sued). It also came in useful writing botanical survey reports, I was complimented on them more than once. One memory of college was having a prof who in his youth had been a student of Tolkien.

    1. Guy Davidson? Smart guy, friend of Hugh Kenner no doubt because they both wrote well and were incredibly well read.

  17. I used my GI Bill after I was medically retired to get a degree in engineering. I decided to go back to school last year and will graduate this winter with a degree in Firearms Technology. I’ll never be a household name like Hiram Maxim or John Moses Browning, courtesy of the government deciding that private citizens can’t be trusted to invent the machine gun of the future ( this is coincidentally why our military small arms are still using the designs made 20-60 years before I was born!), but I have a rewarding job working for myself, with the added benefit of tinkering with guns all day.

  18. You should check out Charles Percy Snow’s The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. He rather aptly explains what happened to academics. Basically, all the guys who could actually do stuff were pulled into the war effort, so the Humanities professors took over the universities. It’s all been downhill since.

    1. What CPS didn’t mention is that the Science and Engineering folks are much more successful dabbling in the humanities and arts than vice versa. I can play piano, but my piano teacher can’t write programs or do statistical analysis.

  19. Thought you might like this:

    “When literary critics had a negative reaction to Spillane’s writing, citing the high content of sex and violence, Spillane answered with a few terse comments: “Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar… If the public likes you, you’re good.”
    On a dare from his publisher, Spillane wrote a children’s novel called “The Day the Sea Rolled Back” (about two boys who find a shipwreck loaded with treasure). The book went on to win a Junior Literary Guild award. Following this success, he wrote a second children’s novel called “The Ship That Never Was.”

  20. Nailed engineering. Pride is great until your 4 hours into a single problem with fingers permanently stained in erasable marker doing equations across multiple white boards while your friends play frisbee on the quad, which some sadist conveniently placed right outside the window of your class.

    1. I remember a 500 level Electrical Engineering Electronics final exam that I had. Two questions. Five hours. Afterwards I had to walk home because I was too woozy to drive.

  21. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be when I grew up took a Welding class on a dare. I loved it wound up with my AA in welding in 1983 and had lots of fun playing dumb blonde and winning bar bets with all I learned about metal in the course material ( I was the only woman who was AWS certified in the entire county I lived in at the time)

  22. I took a total of two Philosophy courses in the process of getting my STEM degree (Geology and Geophysics, if anyone cares..)

    The first was “Practical Logic”, which covered logical argument and negating any fallacies presented. The professor was Dr. James R. Frakes. (yes, he was Jonathan Frakes father. Which I why I knew ST:TNG was under production long before it was announced. . . ) . Distribution course. Actually, fairly useful over the years.

    The second was the Senior Seminar in Science, Technology, and Society, taught by Dr. Frakes and the Dean of Engineering, whose name I have forgotten. We ended up building requirements for a campus-wide Network with a terminal in every dorm room. in 1983. Not a lot of philosophy, but lots of practical experience in system requirements and design, and how they interface with people.

    So, my limited experience with Philosophy was useful, at least. . .

  23. Forget a major, all of these stupid university students flying terrorist flags should scare the hell out of us. Hate is easier than stupid.

  24. While perusing the internet in search on new reads, I came across one author’s bio, in it he wrote this “He went on to get a totally useless degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University.”

  25. “FORESTRY! Do you like the great outdoors? Do you like to play hacky sack? Are you a white dude with dreadlocks? FUCKIN’ A BRO! LET’S GO CAMPING! But that was 20 years ago. I’m assuming now this is just another division of Global Warming Class.”

    At Cow Colleges, Forestry majors have to learn the time value of money over very long life cycles. Think capital planning, depreciation, and finance with an investment cycle that is a minimum of 30 years!

    The Forestry faculty I know think about such long time spans for growth rates they routinely mock “global warming” and go to public lectures to ask pointed, harassing questions of the speakers.

    But humor does not have to be reality!

    1. Hey! I WAS a History major.
      I started out a Business major. Then, when I happened to sign up for a History of Latin America class, I accidentally got a really good professor, who actually enjoyed quantitative analysis of historical data. Which, being comfortable with your basic math, and having had a stats course, found fascinating.
      But, I wasn’t completely stupid – I took my engineer husband’s advice, and took all the science courses I could.
      So, although I qualified to be a History teacher – come ON! That’s where schools put the coaches! They were NEVER going to hire me in that slot.
      However, my science minor allowed me to teach General Science (later, after I added more coursework, chemistry and physics). That’s the class they put EVERYONE into when they first hit high school. And, since no sane teacher wanted to teach 9th graders in a city school, every day, all day, I was pretty much bullet-proof against layoffs.
      I kept my sanity – barely – and probably learned as much as I taught. It was useful work.
      One of the best compliments I received during those years, was from a Bio teacher, who said, “I can always tell which students were yours – they know what to do in labs”. Apparently, as the Gen Sci course wasn’t officially a lab class, the other teachers included very little hands-on work.

  26. One of these days I don’t have to do shit, because you’re an entitled bitch who has repeatedly demonstrated he’s too fucking dense to listen to anything anyone says anyway. Plus you’re so fucking dishonest in how you frame everything that I’m not even gonna bother clicking that link to watch it. 🙂

  27. I double majored in Chemistry and Biology as an undergrad then went on to get a PhD in Biochemistry in grad school. Drag me, Larry! DRAG ME!

    I remember a freshman level history course I took as part of the liberal arts stuff I was forced to do, History of the World since 1500. It was a largish class, maybe 60-70 students. The professor was great. He loved history and hated communism with the fire of 10 million suns. He smirkingly ripped a communist a new one then quoted Reagan, “‘What I am describing now is a plan and a hope for the long term, the march of freedom and democracy which will leave Marxism-Leninism on the ash heap of history,’ – and that’s exactly what Reagan did!” This was in 1998, only 7 years after the collapse of the Soviet system and we were all more hopeful then. All that said, he gave us an exam that sticks out in my mind. 100 questions, multiple choice. Less than 20 minutes into the exam, I had already finished. I looked up at the prof with a question on my face and he just looked at me and shrugged as if to say, “Yes, I know it was easy for you but not for these yahoos”. I turned in my exam and left. The next week when he was handing back the exams, a football player in a cast proclaimed loudly that the test was too hard and he didn’t have enough time. The prof told him that a student in the class finished the exam in under 20 minutes and got a perfect score. The football player said, “If I find that guy, I’m gonna smash him”. I hadn’t gotten my exam back yet but I already knew it was me. It was such an easy exam that I went home and gave it to my mom, only giving her the choices if she didn’t know the answer immediately. She aced it.

  28. Fresh out of high school, degree in Forestry, back when the discipline still understood you could cut trees and still have a forest, with wildlife. Finished a master’s in forest products chemistry just before the department went full-on tree hugger (forest products research now goes on in ag engineering). One of my master’s profs had a poster on his door “Forests seem unchanging because the ecologists who study them die”

    Along the way, i took chemical engineering classes in polymers, got a BS in Chem Engineering and have been much happier creating solutions, rather than having to pimp for money to count things.

    I will say, though, six figure salaries come in jobs in places like San Diego, Newark, and Houston. And to people who are willing to kiss the ass of business majors (another place football players and other C students go for easier degrees). Sadly, logic is not valued there, nor is honesty. At least, there were enough sociopaths in the businesses I worked at to scupper any chance I had at six figures. So I do research/engineering in advanced materials for the forest service, where I am happy to come to work most days, and can do required HR training on-line. Thanks to Reagan and the neo-conservatives, the number of communist sympathisers napping in the quiet corners declined to nearly zero.

  29. I worked full time at a research lab while chasing a graduate degree in EE. One day, a part-time editor in the Documents Dept stopped by to drop something off. She was working on a graduate degree in English, specialty Tech Writing.

    As we talked, she complained, offhand, about the lack of date-able males in the English Dept.

    Clueless me says, “Why don’t you come over to the EE Dept? You could be hump-backed and dragging one foot and have three marriage proposals by the end of the semester”.

    Coworkers in offices up and down the hall were in hysterics. My neighbor chirped, “Smooth move there, Slick.”.

    She was stunned.

    We’ve been married almost 40 years.

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