The Wall Street Journal published the article “Students Pick Easier Majors Despite Less Pay,” by Joe Light and Rachel Emma Silverman, on 11/9/11. A few comments. I dislike the use of the word “easier” – I know lots of people who find science and technology easier than the liberal arts. They’d much rather code than write a history paper or read a book. It’s just more natural for them. I also disagree with the statement that “introductory courses [in science and technology] are often difficult and abstract.” In my experience, the introductory courses are the easiest, and the advanced courses are killer. But maybe that’s just the program I went to. As for math/science/tech classes taking more time, well, I probably studied more as a history major than as a CS major, because I had hundreds of pages of reading to do every week. Maybe there are some liberal arts majors that take less time, but history is not one of them. I know that lots of students are being pushed to go into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, but we shouldn’t forget that the humanities are important – and challenging – too!
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