Despite what years of parental nagging, academic advice, and those endless “What Major Should I Choose?” Buzzfeed quizzes have indicated, your major has very little to do with your ultimate career. Most industries don’t care what you studied in college, they just care that you can do the job at hand. Dance majors can be social workers and art majors can be P.R. specialists. There are chemistry majors working in journalism and economics majors working at Applebee’s. It makes no difference.
Majoring in something you don’t have a passion for is silly considering it has such little influence on your future. Besides, in this economy none of us are going to be making much money at any job—so we may as well enjoy our academic careers. To that end, we’ve rounded up the top three most interesting majors in the area, because, well, what difference does it make?
Classic Civilizations Studies (Loyola University)
Perfect for anyone who has ever felt that “You haven’t read the Odyssey till you’ve read it in the original ancient Greek.” Majors get to choose between two dead languages (Greek OR Latin!), and spend four years analyzing dusty prose and philosophical works written by men in togas. The wisdom reaped from this program may be its main draw, but just think of how useful a knowledge of Homeric legend will prove at happy hour!
Peace Studies (Goucher College)
This major may sound like it would involve endless Bob Marley, yoga, and incense, but it’s actually extremely difficult and very relevant. Majors take a series of political theory, economics, public policy, and world history courses in an attempt to understand why the world is in conflict, and how best to restore peace. It’s a serious undertaking emotionally and intellectually, but we hear that dreadlocks are still welcome.
We know what you’re thinking: “Geography . . . isn’t that what Google Maps are for?” Normally we’d agree with you, but at UMBC they teach more than just the quickest route from your couch to that Chinese takeout place that doesn’t judge you for ordering from there for the second time this week. Instead, majors in the program learn about how natural environmental systems interact with social, political, and economic systems, which requires further coursework in math, biological science, and social science.
English (all universities)
Ok, maybe we’re being a bit biased here, but really—what in this world could be better than reading?