The 21st century has made us reconsider our society’s relationship to the college. With rising tuition costs and an increase in hyper-specific majors, it’s harder than ever for some people to understand why they should go to college in the first place.
This isn’t a bad thing. Higher education was never meant to be something for everyone. However, if you’re going to college, you might want to consider the most popular college degrees out there, so you can choose something that will truly help you grow as a person.
This article will walk you through the most popular degrees for you to consider if you’re thinking about going to college.
Far and away, the most popular degree out there for people to get is a business degree. This makes sense, considering that the biggest criticism college education gets, in general, is that it’s elitist, impractical knowledge. What better way to mitigate that than get a degree in one of the most practical things in the world?
However, many people believe that a business major in college is a bit ironic. After all, some of the most famous business leaders in the world dropped out of college — let alone business college.
The fact of the matter is that not every business requires formal academic education. Business school can teach you how to manage your money, how to market a project, and how to manage a team, but it can’t give you that x-factor you need to succeed in the business world.
By all means, if you have the money and time, consider going to business school. One of the greatest benefits could not come from the courses at all, but from meeting like-minded students/business partners.
However, if business school would set you back, you don’t need it to start. You might better use that money investing in business
The world of health extends to psychologists, nurses, biologists, psychologists, etc. If it’s in the world of helping people feel better, we’re considering it in the health world. These types of degrees will only become more popular in coming years, as the world is being reminded heavily right now just important the public health industry is.
Unlike business school, people going to school for health very much do need schooling. You’d very easily buy a burger from a company run by someone who didn’t go to business school — but would you go to a doctor who didn’t go to college?
The knowledge people in the world of health need to learn is hyper-specific and hyper-important. This is why medical school is often a long, grueling process that takes up the majority of a person’s twenties.
However, the biggest problem with a health degree is that it’s not for everyone. It’s important schooling that needs to be done, but if you don’t have a passion for the world, you’re not going to last long in med school.
3. Liberal Arts
Liberal arts is sort of a nebulous degree that takes into account philosophy, history, art, letters — the humanities in general. However, it’s not training in the fine arts, which is meant to create artists; or training in philosophy, which is often meant to create professors or philosophers.
In many ways, the study of liberal arts is the study of becoming more learned. The degrees are about learning to have a deeper understanding of the world through the great works that came before us and events that have transpired.
Liberal Arts is, by choice and by name, a somewhat impractical degree. However, the fact that it embraces this makes it paradoxically one of the most practical degrees out there. Liberal Arts degrees don’t pretend to teach you practical advice the way business degrees do — they teach knowledge for its own sake, which will always wind up coming in handy.
Warren Buffet famously reads for hours upon hours every day. He’s not just reading updates in the world of business and self-help books either. The man understands that to maintain his wealth, he needs to stay sharp, and develop a cultivated knowledge of our world and culture
No matter what field you’re going into, we recommend getting a degree in Liberal Arts.
Communication is another sort of degree that’s a bit nebulous but ends up coming in handy. Think of it as a flip side to liberal arts. Rather than learning how to study in the world, you’re learning how to communicate it.
Students of a communication degree learn about journalism, writing, public speaking, and marketing. Most people know how to express their thoughts, feelings, and opinions — but communications majors learn how to communicate them.
People who achieve degrees in communications often wind up doing well in the world of business.
5. The Arts
Degrees directly in the arts loop back around to some of the most practical degrees out there again. Painters need to learn to develop their skills in color relations, drawing, and subject matter, and they need teachers to teach them. This is what makes art degrees so popular.
Art degrees have a certain level of stigma attached to them. Because the stereotype of the artist is someone who doesn’t make a ton of money, people often criticize those getting arts degrees as throwing their money away for nothing.
But the stereotype of the artist as either wildly successful and famous or broke is just not true. Plenty of artists make respectable livings through commissions, grants, speaking engagements, collaborations, advertising, etc. This middle class of artist is the type of people arts degrees seek to create.
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Understand the Most Popular College Degrees
As you can see the most popular college degrees out there span many different disciplines and worlds. While a business degree might be the most popular college degree and might seem the most practical, you’ll learn the most from a liberal arts or communications degree.
Those looking to go into the world of fine arts or medicine already have their work cut out for them, both practically and educationally.
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