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Why do some people major in really stupid things?

I've bumped into several people now who majored in such things as English, and Latin, and neither of them teach what they majored in! The guy who majored in latin was in college for eight years! There are only two reasons I can think as to why someone would make a choice like this. One, they plan to teach it, or two, they couldn't handle majoring in something worthwhile. This one stumps the heck out of me. eye roll

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Why do some people major in really stupid things?

College, from my own experience, was just something to do after High School. I personally didn't have a clue as what to major in, like everyone else, so I took random classes to fill my general ed.

To make a long story short, I wandered from Chemistry, then switched to Biology, fell into Business, and then some how finished up with a B.A. in Economics and A.A in Accounting.

Note: I'm not doing a damn thing with either of my degrees! Some people might scream that it was a waste of time and money, but buddy, the beer tastes good and girls were hot, so the education was just icing on the cake.

Now I'm going to take a stab as to why someone would major in English or Latin and there is only one reason that comes to mind when looking back at good Ol English 114.... Those classes were jam packed with the most amazing beauties!! So just think, 8 years with an outstanding pool of girls, the odds of an ugly guy with bad luck latching onto a couple of fine respectable girls is significantly stacked in his favor.

As for using my degrees, I've come to the conclusion that it's better to have mud on my boots than to have my eye's burned out with artificial light, and to use my degree to analyze the economic benefits of a cubical free life.

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A degree really doesn't mean all that much unless you have a specific field in mind. That or like you said, you demand female attention!

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Of all the people I know, probably less than 1/5th of them are working in the field their college major was in. When I was a manager in the position to hire people I rarely looked at what they had majored in. Really, if it weren't for company policies, I wouldn't have cared whether they had a degree or not. What I wanted to know was their suitability for the job I was hiring them for.

Given that, I'd say to anyone starting college today, major in whatever sounds intersting to you. Don't worry about whether or not it is "useful." If you enjoy English, or Latin, go ahead and major in them. In the long run, it really won't matter anyway.

The only exceptions are those folks who want to go into a field that requires a specific degree: doctor, lawyer, veternarian, that sort of thing.

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Captain_Obvious wrote:
A degree really doesn't mean all that much unless you have a specific field in mind. That or like you said, you demand female attention!

A degree, whether it be in applied arts or sciences, represents experience to future employers, and the female attention is just an add bonus. Education and girls go hand in hand. It's kind of a nice combination.

Any specific major, English or Latin, requires a broad range of classes, varying from technical writing to business communication, college algebra to differential equations, biology to chemistry, baseball to tennis, and even african studies to philosophy...

A major like economics for example only has about 33 credits or 27% of the classes that may be directly linked to the science and out of 124 required credits the filler classes or general ed represents around 91 credits or 73%.

This allows college graduates to have a firm grasp on their major but also a basic understanding of english, mathematics, basic sciences, physical education, and arts. This is why you may find a English or Latin major working for a business marketing firm or even a manager at a local restaurant as oppose to only the classroom where their skill may be directly linked.

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Why do some people major in really stupid things?

Stupid, by definition, means doing something that you know (or should know) will not give you the intended result of your action. Majoring in latin for the sake of learning latin is not stupid, different strokes for different folks, as they say, although I have my doubts that this individual was hitting on all cyclinders considering the 8 years (and 8 year price tag) to achieve a degree in latin.

Some folks major in english to round out their written skills in the hopes of becoming novelist or writers.

Personally I've always been a bit suspicious of the folks that did a major only (and I mean only) for the sake of getting a job. As an example, do you want a doctor to operate on you, who only became a doctor for the $$$$? There is something to be said for the love of a subject, although with the soaring cost of education, pursuing a subject purely for intellectual reasons is more expensive hobby than hunting! Wink

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Why do some people major in really stupid things?

Anyone know how to find a school that offers a ballistics major? One that's NOT in forensics? I don't want to pull slugs out of a gangsta, but to improve on the products we sportsmen use.

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The kind of ballistics you're talking about would be a branch of physics.

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Mister V,
Donmillion is correct. Physics is where you'll need to look and almost any Community College as well as 4 year schools will offer that course.

My BS in Electrical Engineering with the specialty in Electric Powerhouse Management just sets on the shelf collecting dust.
Like Quicksilver, I choose to get my boots muddy rather than sit in a cubical crunching numbers and writing specs.

During my summers I would work for my uncles Electrical Contracting Business and I found that I was a natural at it and I earned my Journeymans Card a year before my degree. After College I decided to continue working for him and after 5 more years I passed my exam and obtained my Master Electrican Card. I now install, or supervise I should say, Electrical systems in Hi-rise Condos and Industrial Plants and I love it. There are different challanges everyday. Even though I didn't need the Masters Card as I have a 4 year Electrical Degree, I wanted the card that was customary to the trade and thats the one that is tattered and faded from use.

Most of the Foremen I hire, when they learn of my degree, will inveriably ask me why I am not in some office with a pretty secratery making up rediculous specs for people like us to try and follow. I dont know what to say to them other than I positively love what I do and get paid for doing it to boot. I cannot imagine doing anything else.

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Why do some people major in really stupid things?

I don't have any info on schools.

You could contact Nosler or any of the bullet manufacturers and ask the techs where they were educated.

If your interested in learning about how and why thing fly the way they do and the hows and whys of kinetic energy. There are sites on the internet that have some info available until your able to find a formal institution.

Look up, for one.
ABAL: Department of Weapon system and ballistics

There's a yellow bar. Go to
Basic ballistics. There will be catagories to choose from such as.
How do bullets fly.
Kinetic Pulse: A study in Bullet impact. With catagories that follow.
Etc...

It's a good place to start.
If you want copies, the info is printable, but make sure you've got plenty of paper. There is loads of info. Then there's always the library systems.

I have several books I've purchased and three ring binders full of info I've pulled off the internet.

This stuff gets addicting. There no end to the info and the cross referencing of data.

Have fun.

Formal education is a good thing to have. Whether your working in you major or aren't. A general knowledge of the world we live in is always useful.

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You may also check out some of the online schools that offer Gunsmithing. I am sure that they would offer atleast some basics in ballistics. I know I read one pamphlet once from one of those schools and it did mention handload techniques, and ballistics as part of the course.

Basically ballistics involves physics, mostly E=MC^2...where E=energy released, M=mass, and C^2=speed of light, squared.( I am sure there is a simpler formula for this but I dont know what it is but this is the formula I was taught to use. Better have a nice slide rule and a good scientific calculator to get everything down from the speed of light squared to feet per second!!!!!)
Some Areodynamics and the laws of Gravity.
Of course there are other things involved such a chemistry, how metals react, basic science and a ton of math.

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