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In your opinion, should you take college courses that have nothing to do your major?
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Different viewpoint than a lot of the folks responding here...

I graduated in '98 with a B.S. in computer science, minors in french and math. Currently work in a very small IT company, do a lot of interviewing and split hiring decisions between myself and the company owner.

In a nutshell, yes, take classes that are not related to your major. I have seen no end of very intelligent, well educated candidates that I would never offer a job to because they lack the ability to step outside of their comfort zone. College, from my standpoint, is not about learning your field, but learning how to learn. Honestly if I hire you out of college, I expect you to be a drain on the company for a quarter of a year while we bring you up to speed on whatever technology we're using - if you demonstrate a desire to learn (where willingly reaching outside you major shows) I can be relatively confident that you're going to pick things up much faster, because you are driven to want to.

Not to mention being able to establish a rapport with coworkers is important. Most likely you're going to work with a few that share the same interests as you (history, underwater basket weaving, pottery, whatever) so being educated about other topics you are interested in is not a bad thing at all.

On the other hand, I know many body shops that hire almost solely based on book smarts, but offer very little in the way of career advancement. In the end it comes down to what you want to do with your career. (And I fully realize this may not apply to all fields.)
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Then horticulture is what you like...right?


Yup you got it. I am a fruit and vegetable management major.
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I'm 2nd year at Uni. Studying Sport science. UK. I'll be in 50k in debt after I leave. That's the only bad reason I can think of if your planning to study in the UK.
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I go to Drake University in Iowa and I major in biochemistry and molecular biology, yeah a that's a mouthful. Since I'm at a private university they care a lot about academics but also sports, but most of our sports teams suck... I'm going to have under 20k in debt so I think I'm doing well.

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lilliputian_otaku wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

Then horticulture is what you like...right?


Yup you got it. I am a fruit and vegetable management major.



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Posted 11/15/13
I think that you should take any class that seems interesting to u even if its not part of ur major. but i dont think that a college or university should MAKE u take any classes that dont have to do w ur major.
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Posted 11/16/13

Lilikoi_Gurl wrote:

I think that you should take any class that seems interesting to u even if its not part of ur major. but i dont think that a college or university should MAKE u take any classes that dont have to do w ur major.


Ah. Okay then.
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Posted 11/16/13 , edited 11/16/13
If you're going to college and taking classes for anything other than what you want to be doing in the future, then of course you are wasting your time... and your money.
Its as simple as that!
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1. I'm not at Uni yet, but I will be next year.
2. I would like to take a Popular music or Composition major
3. I don't actually understand what you mean by care about sports, but over it's about the same
4. The Uni I plan to go to is split into several faculties. The Uni is pretty much for anyone who's going to be serious.
I would like to be able to go to other Uni around the world. But that takes money...
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Posted 11/16/13 , edited 11/16/13
Assuming job skills are the only thing anyone needs to know in order to be a successful person... no, you need not learn anything outside of woodshop.

If, on the other hand, you find it important to know what the fuck you're talking about in matters unrelated to business computing, you should get educated. To be fair though, I'd also say you should ditch college altogether and learn math, literature, and biology for less than tens of thousands of dollars, but that's coming from somebody that enjoys learning intrinsically. So if you need someone to tell you to do homework, than maybe $100,000 for 4-5 years worth of babysitting is a good investment.

At any rate, I guess my point is this: Education in all fields is important. If we assume that college is where we go for education (HA!), then yeah, you should take classes in anything you can. But if you don't, then learn it yourself. Either way, the stuff needs (or maybe I should say ought) to be learned.

To paraphrase a line from Maoyuu (who was probably paraphrasing somebody else): you don't know you need education until you have it. You only know what you know, which means that you don't know what you don't know, which if you haven't learned anything, means that you don't know what you have yet to learn. In short, education gives you a good idea of exactly how clueless you are, which is a good thing -- especially when everyone else thinks they're not clueless. And as an added bonus, you can become slightly less clueless than they are, so that's cool.
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I honestly thought that I go through college faster if I tried getting classes for my major until other courses joined in. I really don't mind being in college but I'm impatient. I want to be a journalist yet I'm not even close to getting there.

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