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The Most Laid-Back College Majors
Yahoo! ^ | 23 June 2014 | Terence Loose

Posted on 06/23/2014 7:33:45 AM PDT by 7thson

I thought this was interesting and Freepers might get a kick/laugh out of it. Look at number 1 major requiring the least amount of study and number 5.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: collegmajors; communications; education; highereducation; journalism

1 posted on 06/23/2014 7:33:45 AM PDT by 7thson
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To: 7thson

1. Communications

When the starting players for the NCAA teams are announced, there are a lot of communications majors.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 7:36:27 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: 7thson

Communication, Social Services, Social Sciences . . .

If you let your kid major in any of these, don’t turn his room into a guest room because he will be back and living with you when he can’t find a job.


3 posted on 06/23/2014 7:37:43 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: TexasGator

yeah did you hear there is no more J school now it is all “communications”


4 posted on 06/23/2014 7:37:48 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: TexasGator

When Terry Bradshaw was mockingly asked by a reporter if he was a phys ed. major in college he replied, “No, I found a much easier major to coast on, I was a journalism major.”


5 posted on 06/23/2014 7:40:11 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: 7thson

“Laid back” certainly wouldn’t include “women’s studies”,particularly given the percentage of such students who are...ahem...


6 posted on 06/23/2014 7:40:16 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: 7thson

Of course, there is a skew to the survey….I’m sure the education, social sciences and so on attract a lower caliber of student - meaning they would find some ez courses as “challenging”


7 posted on 06/23/2014 7:41:33 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: 7thson

My ex wasn’t an overly intelligent person .... she started in business school. That was too hard. She then majored in communications. That was too hard. She then majored in education.

Early childhood education at my university was filled with girls mostly there seeking their MRS degrees. I saw my ex’s classwork. It was like going through the 3rd grade again.


8 posted on 06/23/2014 7:44:40 AM PDT by boycott
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To: 7thson

Economics is not a science, even by the substandard measure of “social sciences.”


9 posted on 06/23/2014 7:44:40 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: 7thson

#5 should be the most demanding of the bunch, but sadly, it does draw far too many “laid back” types. I have several good teachers in my family, and I dealt with a number of education majors when I taught survey-level courses in grad school. We all agree that there are far too many “coasters” in education programs (especially elementary ed) who don’t push themselves in college and don’t push themselves as teachers.

Not saying all education majors are like that, of course. Some of the brightest students I taught were Elementary Ed types. I’m just saying a lot of these programs could do with a “weed out” course or two.


10 posted on 06/23/2014 7:47:30 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: 7thson
We know what you're thinking: "I'd like to go back to school to get my degree but doesn't that take, like, work and stuff?"

Well, yes. Yes it does. In fact, any major you choose will take dedication, late nights, and a lot of coffee. But some might take a lot less than others.

Dedication? My son gave up a ten year career and a nice home to spend four years in a cramped grad apartment while raising two infants to get his PhD in engineering. That takes, like, work.

11 posted on 06/23/2014 7:47:31 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: 7thson

I can’t believe education is tougher than business. Perhaps that’s because many education majors have low average intelligence to begin with and as a result, they struggle with subject matter.


12 posted on 06/23/2014 7:47:39 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: PGR88

There is some math, I hope.


13 posted on 06/23/2014 7:48:00 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: TexasGator
10 college majors that employers most look for

There is abolutely no excuse for wasting hard earned dollars on a course of study that you cannot use after graduation. Especially if it is not YOUR money.

14 posted on 06/23/2014 7:52:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Economics is considered a social science and can include a fair number of rigorous courses that actually require the use of geometry, basic calculus, and statistics.


15 posted on 06/23/2014 7:55:40 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: boycott
Mrs WBill teaches a couple of classes in Early Childhood.

A fair number of her students are marginally literate. She's remarked that they need to be in remedial math and english, not her 300- and 400- level classes.

I asked "Why do you continue to pass them?". She said that she couldn't fail everyone who deserves it, because so few would actually get through. So, she looks for other things to grade on - classroom participation, projects (think, fancy coloring books, or 4th-grade-level science projects), reports on children's books, and so on.

Speaking as an engineering major, I can't imagine any of my former profs reading, let alone grading, my book report on "Green Eggs and Ham" with a straight face.

What truly surprised me was the number of her students that can't tell time. Who think that the 8-12 shift at a daycare counts for 5 hours. Now, I know how they arrive at that figure (count on your fingers - 8 o'clock, 9, 10, 11, 12) but to me, that's pretty inexcusable.

16 posted on 06/23/2014 7:58:11 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill
My son is a computer engineering major. He'll start his sophomore year in the fall.

As a matter of ROUTINE, he spent 3 hours every school night on his studies, and more on the weekend.

That said, his freshmen classes were difficult because he took a good deal of dual enrollment classes in high school to knock out a lot of the core curriculum (English Comp, Sociology,Psychology, etc.). There wasn't a lot of room for "coasting" in his freshman schedule, because he had already earned the "easy" credits.

He had been told that the freshman engineering, programming, and calculus classes were always packed at the beginning of the semester, but that the herd would thin quickly. Whoever told him that was right.

17 posted on 06/23/2014 8:17:06 AM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: wbill

It took my ex four tries to make a 16 on her ACT so that she could student teach. She went some junior college route to get into the state university from which we graduated. I am still not sure how she did that.

She was a senior in college and I was still trying to teach her basic math. She never could grasp fractions. I would say “a quarter to noon” and she would think it meant 25 minutes until noon. There was no way should could do anything complex with factions — multiply, divide, etc.

I might be the simple one because I married her. She was attractive and had big boobs. I learned a lot from that. I could never again be married to someone that simple minded.


18 posted on 06/23/2014 8:19:32 AM PDT by boycott
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To: DemforBush

You need to read Thomas Sowell’s book concerning education. One thing he states and backs up at the beginning of the book is that the education major is not only the weakest in colleges, but is look down upon by all in colleges.


19 posted on 06/23/2014 8:22:15 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My degree is in Bus Ad with a concentration in accounting. I got to choose my job. I was a headhunter for faculty for a large private university. Loved it!


20 posted on 06/23/2014 8:26:53 AM PDT by sheana
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To: 7thson

i didn’t see anything about job prospects in these majors.


21 posted on 06/23/2014 8:47:02 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: circlecity

Don’t knock everyone with a phys ed major. There is one lady who could only afford the phys ed major, but she supplemented it with a second major in Elementary Education. Disgusted with the administrators and board of education, she quit teaching, moved across the nation, got a job with a major oil and gas corporation as a secretary. By the time she retired, she was the financial accountant and financial analyst responsible for all of the financial reporting for one of their subsidiaries for many years, without a degree in accounting or finance.

In today’s screwed up world, the gatekeepers no longer permit a person the opportunity to earn such accomplishments.


22 posted on 06/23/2014 8:47:56 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: TontoKowalski
the herd would thin quickly

My engineering class started with about 140 and graduated 38. Most of the weed-outs happened in Freshman Physics and Calc.

Kudos to your son for testing out of the easy stuff. I did the same (12? I think? English credits....).....left time for me to work on the important things.

23 posted on 06/23/2014 8:50:12 AM PDT by wbill
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To: TexasGator

As a journalism grad, I can attest to the light “work load” associated with that major. Of course, I actually put in more effort than most of my peers, since I worked 30 hours a week at a local radio station and took 18 hours of credit every semester I was enrolled (except for the fall term of my freshman year). I was perpetually amazed at the number of students who struggled in a mass comm curriculum.

Still, the benefits of learning to communicate effectively can’t be underestimated; my journalism background served me well as an intelligence briefer and analyst, and more recently, as a college administrator. But if you’re not one of the very few who reaches an “elite” position in journalism (broadcast or cable networks; Top 20 TV market or major print/on-line publication), you’ll never make a decent salary.

I’ve always told college students that journalism/mass comm is a better minor than major. You can teach almost anyone to interview and write; shoot and edit video, and post your work on a website. Having expertise in another area (such as business, economics or health care) can make you much more valuable as a reporter, and more likely to land a job that pays above the minimum wage.

One last thought: along with mass comm, one of the more popular “jock” majors is criminal justice. I always thought that was because so many of them have prior experience in “the system.” Sure enough, during my days as an ROTC instructor (at an SEC school), we had one football player “graduate” to the state pen after a conviction on serious drug charges. But he had another kid who was second-team all conference, earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering and played in the NFL for three years. There are exceptions, but they are few and far between.


24 posted on 06/23/2014 8:57:13 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: boycott
I could never again be married to someone that simple minded.

But man's best friend is a canine. How does that work? The government funds several mass breeding programs to try to re-create the canine brain in human form. It's definitely working but the government needs to cut way back on the free kibble.

25 posted on 06/23/2014 8:57:46 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I remember a quote that no one should hire a finance, business or accounting major who went 150K into debt, since they clearly can’t run the numbers.


26 posted on 06/23/2014 9:21:56 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Maine Mariner

Yes, I saw the economics inclusion in the social sciences….it should be part of biz school IMO.


27 posted on 06/23/2014 9:36:32 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: boycott
She was attractive and had big boobs.

Sounds like you've hit the jackpot.

28 posted on 06/23/2014 10:00:11 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: C. Edmund Wright

In many colleges it is.

Sometimes, a business school will have a major, business economics with accounting and finance courses as part of the the requirements for the major.

If the economics department is in the social science department you will see courses in the history of economic thought and economic history (my areas of interests) but also courses on gender equality, the economics of race and gender, specific courses on socialism and marxism and so forth.
Someone who graduates with a degree in economics may have had rigorous training in math, statistics, accounting, finance, as well as economics. However, others may have had a much easier time with fluff courses. My undergraduate degree was in between.


29 posted on 06/23/2014 10:03:28 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Maine Mariner

Aha, that makes total sense….econ as part of biz school = good…..econ as part of gender bender social sciences = worthless.

I think you’re totally right about that. I don’t know enough specifically to know for sure, but your answer resonates.


30 posted on 06/23/2014 10:15:25 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: circlecity

LOL!! Love Terry!


31 posted on 06/23/2014 10:31:56 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

HOWEVER, it is perfectly suited for the numbskulls who make those decision on a yearly basis. As someone said long ago, “There’s a sucker born every minute!”


32 posted on 06/23/2014 10:35:03 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: boycott

LOL!


33 posted on 06/23/2014 10:38:51 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: PGR88

Have you ever taken a college econ course? How about an upper level econ class?

To say your comment is ridiculous is the easiest thing I’ve done in a while. My undergrad econ program had a very substantial math backing. If you don’t want to call that science, fine, but you’ll be hard pressed to call it much else.

You can’t take what idiots like Paul Krugman say and think the whole discipline is corrupt or unscientific. Econ is second to Physics as the undergrad for most law school students. That’s not a holy grail standard by any means but it does mean it isn’t a worthwhile major.


34 posted on 06/23/2014 12:02:02 PM PDT by 1L
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To: 1L
Have you ever taken a college econ course? How about an upper level econ class?

Yes, I've taken the whole undergraduate range - from econometrics to advanced macroeconomics. An econ degree now includes a lot of leftist-ideology courses like "economics of labor" and "economics of environmentalism."

The fact that people can create models using calculus does NOT mean its a science. It means they can create fantasy models - kind of like climate change. Its an interesting intellectual exercise, and certainly not for the masses, which probably contributes to economists' pretensions they are capable of predicting anything beyond the most general of events.

35 posted on 06/23/2014 12:39:41 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: MinorityRepublican

She was attractive and had big boobs.

Sounds like you’ve hit the jackpot.

////

She was expensive. I private investigator proved she was showing those big boobs to other men too. That’s why I refer to her as the ex.


36 posted on 06/23/2014 1:52:16 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Reeses

It would be an insult to canines to compare her intelligence. Canines have better morals than she did too.


37 posted on 06/23/2014 1:54:28 PM PDT by boycott
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To: wbill
Thanks for your kind words about Tonto Jr.

He's worked hard, and has pieced together enough scholarships to earn a ride. It's tough on him, because their renewals are dependent on grades. It was all A's except 1 B the first semester, but all B's except one A the second.

One thing is for sure: He's now grateful that I insisted he take the most demanding courses he could in high school, including the dual enrollments.

To paraphrase my boy, "It's hard, but at least I'm not trying to do it while writing a paper on Hamlet."

For the life of me, I don't understand why more of the "academic elite" students don't take more dual enrollment courses in high school. He might have made a 93 instead of a 99 for his senior English, but the payoff has been tremendous.

38 posted on 06/23/2014 3:31:03 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: DemforBush

We all agree that there are far too many “coasters” in education programs (especially elementary ed) who don’t push themselves in college and don’t push themselves as teachers.
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I passed the certified teaching exam with a better than 96% grade (judging from the practice exam in the book which is supposedly harder than the real test) with no classtime and only one week of study helping a female relative that went through the whole program cram for the exam ,,, she failed it multiple times and gave up ... to say the test was easy would be an understatement... I think I could have passed it cold with no prep at all with just basic knowledge and test taking skills.

The hardest test I have taken is the Instrument Pilot Written Exam ,, got a 98.5% on that (only 3 wrong answers) and aced the Series 7 license test with a 100%. ...

I would love to take a job teaching with the great pay , no pressure , 3 months off and all the bennies ,,, especially history , math or science .. but I’m not qualified :(


39 posted on 06/23/2014 4:15:32 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer
If you have a degree and can pass the Praxis exams (particularly the content knowledge exam), you can be qualified to teach. I taught as a second career, and went from considering the idea in April to teaching in a classroom in August.

There is a shortage of math and science teachers in nearly every state, and it's actually not that difficult to break into the profession. I wanted to shift my classes to history, but a school with a good math teacher isn't going to let him switch to history.

40 posted on 06/23/2014 11:30:18 PM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: TontoKowalski
Hmmmm. I'm impressed that his college reads "Hamlet" in Freshman English. I'd have figured "Transgender Normative Processes in the Evil of Today's Hetero-Patriarchal Society". Or somesuch. ;-)

Good on you for staying on top of him through HS. I'm working hard to be sure that WBill Jr doesn't make the same mistakes I made. I'm sure that he'll make different ones, though.

And as for grades - phew. I'd not have wanted to pull A's and B's through college to keep a scholarship. That's a hard hill to climb. I had a hard enough time maintaining a 2.7 . But - then again - I've only had one place ask me what my GPA was, in 25-odd years. (It was a gov't think tank, and they were looking for a 3.8 or better. "Never Mind." :-) )

41 posted on 06/24/2014 9:04:20 AM PDT by wbill
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To: 7thson

Well, no surprises there. I think it funny that the no-load majors decided classes were “challenging”, but then, that’s probably more a measure of the students than the curriculum.


42 posted on 06/24/2014 9:07:49 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: boycott
I could never again be married to someone that simple minded.

Next time, look her in the eyes when you talk with her..(higher...) If there is that deer-in the headlights look at the mention of anything technical, she just might not be right for you.

43 posted on 06/24/2014 9:14:35 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: wbill
I'm working hard to be sure that WBill Jr doesn't make the same mistakes I made. I'm sure that he'll make different ones, though.

I have to laugh, because it is true. Junior certainly spent more time in the books than I did. He's taking the summer off. Well deserved.

However... he's making up for lost time this summer in terms of running the roads. Maybe a little too much partying with buddies. I'm not over-the-top concerned about this (really it's minimal compared to my freshman exploits), except that he knows I'll kill him if he drives while drinking. The boys seem to have a little group of girls that are perfectly happy serving as DD.

His MOTHER on the other hand... well, if she catches him stumbling in, then woe be upon him. He's on his own in that event. My loyalty to my son only goes so far.

44 posted on 06/24/2014 9:16:33 AM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: boycott

“She was attractive and had big boobs. I learned a lot from that. I could never again be married to someone that simple minded.”

But what about big boobs? Would you ever marry again for the big boobs?

Just kidding. My ex had big boobs too ... and they cost me everything.


45 posted on 06/24/2014 9:33:38 AM PDT by Comment Not Approved (When bureaucrats outlaw hunting, outlaws will hunt bureaucrats.)
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To: TontoKowalski
Yup - Drinking and Driving is where I draw the line, too. Smart. And drugs, of course. WBill Jr knows that on those two things, there are no second chances.

My wife is a little looser with him - but she backs me up. I just don't think that she understands that teenage boys need to know *exactly* where the line is. They'll walk right up to it (Lord knows that I danced all overtop of the line!!) but won't cross.

46 posted on 06/24/2014 9:36:56 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Comment Not Approved

Just kidding. My ex had big boobs too ... and they cost me everything.


Big boobs can be expensive. I learned the hard way too.


47 posted on 06/24/2014 10:01:41 AM PDT by boycott
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To: Smokin' Joe

Next time, look her in the eyes when you talk with her..(higher...) If there is that deer-in the headlights look at the mention of anything technical, she just might not be right for you.


I am going to write this one down. It might save me a lot of heartache and money in the future.


48 posted on 06/24/2014 10:03:37 AM PDT by boycott
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To: PGR88

You’re talking in generalities. Specifically what schools have on their SCHEDULE (not their catalog) environmental econ that deals with the global warming hoax? Which specific economist (or group) are you referring to in your last sentence?

As I stated: just because there’s idiots like Krugman doesn’t mean the whole discipline is shameful. Look at Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell.


49 posted on 06/24/2014 11:59:36 AM PDT by 1L
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To: Maine Mariner

My son is an economics major at Texas A&M. There are 2 degree plans: a bachelor of arts or the more math rigorous bachelor of science.


50 posted on 06/24/2014 11:30:20 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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