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In your opinion, should you take college courses that have nothing to do your major?
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Posted 11/13/13
Well I am currently in college and because Im a hard headed person I am still in General studies, Everyone kept telling me to change but I was set on exploring my options and have came to the conclusion that I want to go into medical billing and get a phlabotimist certificate( how ever its spelled lol) and possibly go into information technology depeding wat field that I decide. Also yes!! College is worth it. Do not listen to those that say its a waste. If it makes you happy and you have a goal do it. Even if you don't get the job you want when its over it dosent matter because you have knowlege that can't be taken away from you. Who knows you may just get what you wanted. I have two more classes in general studies and I will get an associates, but general studies is just a way to explore thing about your self as well as what you may like. Also it will make you look good for small jobs haha. Do it:)
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I think it's awesome to take college courses that aren't relevant to your major! I assume that most people have interests outside of the degree they're working towards. College isn't just about preparing you for the job you want, it's about learning at a higher level.
I'm currently a part-time university student, in open studies (so I have no major). I'm spending the year taking classes in things that interest me: music, psychology, anthropology, and religion. It's been really incredible so far; it's so nice to be excited about school again! I also wanted to take this year to be an open studies student because next year I'm starting a Library and Information Technology program, which has very rigid rules about which courses you have to take. They all look interesting, but I really like learning about my other interests, too.
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Posted 11/13/13 , edited 11/13/13

xiluvJaejoongie wrote:

It's absolutely ridiculous to me that classes having nothing to do with my major are required。

1 Currently in college。
2 Music Major。
3 I honestly don't really know, it depends on the university.
I think they should care more about art & music though。
4 Like the previous, it depends on the university itself so I cannot properly answer this question。
I would love to attend college in another country, new experiences。(^w^)v


I'm a poetry major. I had to take some weird climatology course, some intro to theater and intro to religious studies, statistics, and a few other dumb courses for breadth. I totally agree with you.

It's perfectly fine to want to take classes outside of your major but you shouldn't be forced to. I, for one, am completely hopeless at math and most sciences. I can't even use a damn calculator correctly and I can't grasp the purpose of those obscure formulas at all. There's nothing to visualize and I can study for literally 3 hours and not learn a single thing. People say stuff like "oh, you just don't like it" or "you must be slacking" but neither accounts for my almost complete retardation when it comes to dealing with numbers. The only math class I did well in and actually semi-liked was geometry. I could readily grasp the shapes and understand why the formulas work. Hardly even needed to study for geometry because my it actually had areas for my mind to grab.

I attempted to take philosophy courses for as many of my breadth slavery classes as I could. Philosophy, at least, is compatible with creative writers. Philosophy of evil was super fun (most of my friends took philosophy of justice lol). Biomedical ethics was interesting. Philosophy of agency was deeply thought-provoking. I actually liked philosophy classes.
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Posted 11/14/13 , edited 11/14/13
No, maybe this answer is influenced by my required 28 credit hours but still no
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Yes, the reason being that you will most likely find out that what you are majoring in is not your true passion. unless their current course is super easy and they want a degree to get out of college and move on with their lives, a lot of students want to change their major if they are serious about their education. extra classes increases the chances of showing you what you are really interested in and what you are not. its still not a guarantee that it will though...
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Luckily they are required for most bachelor degree programs. Its not a trade certificate, its a college degree, which means you are presenting yourself to the world as someone with a college education, not just as someone with training in a particular field. And since careers nowadays, in the US at least, are more "Do It Yourself" than get a job with one company and climb their career track, you never know when something that you thought was useless in college will actually have some use.

The main thing is to try to use your out of major electives to take interesting classes, since you'll retain whatever it is there is to be gained from those classes much longer than classes that you found boring.
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I believe taking courses that have nothing to do with your major are needed as refresher, those courses also help to add on to your knowledge to make you a more competent person.

1. Yes, I go to Full Sail University.
2. My major is Game Art
3. No comment
4.The college system here is accelerated which means I have 2 classes per month and will graduate in 2 years. I have no reason to go to a foreign college so no thanks.
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i think it is best if we focus on the major
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Posted 11/14/13

toratoto wrote:

i think it is best if we focus on the major



True.
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Posted 11/15/13 , edited 11/15/13
First, I would love if we were only taking courses related to our majors, because some floating classes are SUPER hassle. Like, it's not even your major but they give more things for you to do compared to some major courses... I'm not even kidding.


1. Are you in college? Will you be going to college fairly soon?
Yes, I am currently in college. (Like, university... Not the pre-university version.)

2. Do you have any majors? Which majors would you like to take?
Yes, I am currently a Psychology major. I am taking 3 courses this term related to my major, and 3 others that are not.

3. Do colleges/universities care more athletics than academics or about the same?
I think it's somewhat the same. Some profs don't care about athletes that much, and because they need to be out of class a lot during a certain term when major competitions are held, profs tend to fail them. (It is VERY important to some profs that you're in class and some don't care even when you have approved absence. Some of them don't like athletes. Although there are some that do...)

4. How does the college system work in your country? Would you ever go to college in a foreign country?
... I'm too lazy to explain. Also, yes. I would love to study abroad.
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I never got even close to taking a class closer to my major because I well...screwed up. Yes, the classes were annoying mostly due to me being impatient. I don't know when I'll back to college but now isn't the time...money wise.

Studying abroad does sound cool though.
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Hell no. I am a junior in college and I cannot wait to graduate. I have wasted two years and forty thousand dollars of my and my father's money in this stupid place. I remember almost nothing from art, psychology, chemistry, statistics, world history and all the other worthless classes I have wasted my time taking.

I can see why people say college should be fun. It consumes four years of your life. But I don't enjoy it. I hate everything about it. The life I live here is not very enjoyable. All this place does is stress me out and eat up money that could be put towards something else. I don't like most of the people I have met and most of the students on this campus are idiots. I still have a year to go, but most of my feelings and memories in this place are pretty negative. With any luck, spring semester and senior year will be a lot more positive. I have been taking 18 credits every semester since I started, so I don't have much left to do. 10-15 credits a semester means I will have more time to ride my bike, ski, and watch anime.

I am not going to school to have fun. I am here to get my degree and get out as fast as possible. Studying abroad would be a massive waste of time and money. I would rather wait to travel until I can afford it and can go on a vacation, or live in a place for a while.
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Posted 11/15/13 , edited 11/15/13
Where I live, the universities require us to take courses unrelated to our major. They're called breadth courses and you need to take breadth in certain categories (social sciences, sciences, etc..) in order to graduate.
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I think it depends on the courses and the person, sometimes it can be a waste of time while other times it can be very helpful/enlightening. I took a Comparative Religions course even though my concentration is in Psych and Sociology. I don't think it was a waste of time, I think it's important to learn about religions that you aren't familiar with whether you're religious, spiritualistic or Atheist.

I'm about to graduate with my B.S. in Science Technology & Society, a major where you choose areas of focus for a field you're interested in. I chose Psychology and Sociology since I plan on earning an MSW when I go to graduate school.

Unfortunately I believe sometimes athletics is valued more, as I've heard of many times where school athletes have been given special treatment especially if they excel at what they do.

It would be interesting to study in another country and see how things are different than the U.S. Although I think I'd prefer to study in and English speaking country.
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I'm in college right now and will have my B.A.S in the next 3 semesters. My major is in Sustainability and Management, but I would like to get a few other majors in Hospitality and Management, Japanese, Engineering, and Graphic Design if it was possible.

If the classes interest you and may add to future experiences, then of course. I haven't taken any classes that doesn't have to do with my major because I can't afford it, but if I could I'd take Japanese or other foreign languages.
But if you're really focused on what you want and want to get it fast, then I don't see much of a point in taking unrelated classes.

I'm not sure exactly how other countries organize their colleges since I've only been in the U.S, but I always dreamed about studying abroad in Germany, Japan, or Ireland. Sadly I couldn't afford it.

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