OPINION: Killing the College Major

Canadian schools have been contemplating getting rid of majors at their universities. The idea is that 18 year olds entering school don’t know what they want to do and take years to decide. There is enough pressure to perform and get into a good school without adults telling kids yet another thing they need to be doing. If you don’t know what you want to be going into college, is that really anyone’s business? Most adults go back to school after years of working because they still don’t know what they want to do. With the market ever changing, job qualifications are also being outdated as fast as any other technology. Getting a number of skills instead of one specific set may be just the right attitude to take in this new economy.

-Brien Arnold

A proposal for a new university in Canada recently caught my eye for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that its students wouldn’t have majors. Instead, the students would be able to “distinguish themselves through practical and demonstrable skills in four areas of focus—technology, entrepreneurship/management, health professions, and creative industries.”

For most college students, the idea of a major is outdated in a 21st Century economy in a constant state of flux. College majors are for the most part an organizing function for the faculty of an institution who want to have departments for their academic disciplines.

 

Read more about this topic at …    Let’s Kill the College Major

 

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