I want to get a degree in African American Studies... but

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#1 Posted by DonQuixote (65 posts) -

I want to get a degree in African American Studies, my parents tell me it is useless. When I tell my friends they also tell me that it is the most worthless degree there is. They don't understand that I want to know these things. What should I do?

#2 Edited by Brain_Duster (380 posts) -

Yep, sounds worthless.

#3 Posted by deeliman (2228 posts) -

It is useless, unless you want to become an african american studies teacher.

#4 Edited by DonQuixote (65 posts) -

Why is it useless?

#5 Posted by fgjnfgh (2583 posts) -

get a degree in history sounds much better then a master degree in african american studies or any topic of your choice

#6 Posted by thegerg (14366 posts) -

It's not useless. What's important is how you apply degrees. My boss, for example, has an anthropology degree and makes $500k a year.

#7 Posted by deeliman (2228 posts) -

@thegerg said:

It's not useless. What's important is how you apply degrees. My boss, for example, has an anthropology degree and makes $500k a year.

What does he do?

#8 Posted by lamprey263 (22419 posts) -

if you haven't done much school then you can always change your degree, if you want to learn these things then get a library card and read some books in your free time

#9 Posted by deeliman (2228 posts) -

Why is it useless?

How many jobs can you name that require a degree in african american studies?

#10 Posted by DonQuixote (65 posts) -

@deeliman: Why would I compromise what i want to do for a job? I can get any shitty job if I have to.

#11 Edited by LoG-Sacrament (20387 posts) -

harvard (and probably a few other schools) offers free online courses with no acceptance requirements. check with them to see if they have something on that topic and take the class on the side. get a degree in something you are more likely to get a job with.

#12 Posted by roulettethedog (10927 posts) -

harvard (and probably a few other schools) offers free online courses with no acceptance requirements. check with them to see if they have something on that topic and take the class on the side. get a degree in something you are more likely to get a job with.

I would agree with this post. Study topics that interest you on the side or for cheap credit.

#13 Posted by limpbizkit818 (15023 posts) -

Why do you want to get that degree?

#14 Edited by plageus900 (911 posts) -

i'm getting a doctorates in white power

#15 Posted by Storm_Marine (10766 posts) -

@deeliman: Why would I compromise what i want to do for a job? I can get any shitty job if I have to.

And what is that exactly?

#16 Posted by MakeMeaSammitch (3675 posts) -

@deeliman: Why would I compromise what i want to do for a job? I can get any shitty job if I have to.

why would you wanna work minimum wage?

#17 Edited by thegerg (14366 posts) -
#18 Edited by LJS9502_basic (149455 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@deeliman: He owns a marketing company.

So he didn't use his degree. Then for all intents and purposes...it was useless.

#19 Edited by thegerg (14366 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic: No, you seem to be very confused. He would not have been offered the position that led to his success in the industry if he didn't have a degree. It was not useless.

#20 Posted by turtlethetaffer (16378 posts) -

You could get a degree in history then take some classes in African American Studies. That'd be the smarter thing to do.

#21 Edited by themajormayor (25620 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, you seem to be very confused. He would not have been offered the position that led to his success in the industry if he didn't have a degree. It was not useless.

No more thegerging please

#22 Posted by deeliman (2228 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, you seem to be very confused. He would not have been offered the position that led to his success in the industry if he didn't have a degree. It was not useless.

He wouldn't have been offered the position if he didn't have a degree or the particular degree that he has?

#23 Posted by SpartanMSU (3429 posts) -

You don't have to attend a university to learn. It's called reading, and you don't have to pay thousands a year to do it.

#24 Edited by kemar7856 (11506 posts) -

i recommend either getting 2 degrees or minor in African american studies or add a non related minor to that

#25 Edited by LJS9502_basic (149455 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, you seem to be very confused. He would not have been offered the position that led to his success in the industry if he didn't have a degree. It was not useless.

You were involved in the hiring process? I thought you said he OWNED a marketing company. You seem to be very confused.

#26 Edited by thegerg (14366 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic: No, I was not involved, he was hired by another company years ago. That position led to his success in the industry. He now owns his own business. You seem to be confused.

#27 Posted by LJS9502_basic (149455 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, I was not involved, he was hired by another company years ago. That position led to his success in the industry. He now owns his own business. You seem to be confused.

I'm not the one that's confused. And as you weren't involved in the hiring years ago.....you also seem to be talking out of your ass.

#28 Posted by spike6958 (4650 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, I was not involved, he was hired by another company years ago. That position led to his success in the industry. He now owns his own business. You seem to be confused.

I'm not the one that's confused. And as you weren't involved in the hiring years ago.....you also seem to be talking out of your ass.

But he's just working with what you're saying, which changes completely from one post to the next. Why did he need to be hired by the company he owns?

#29 Posted by wis3boi (30881 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic said:

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, I was not involved, he was hired by another company years ago. That position led to his success in the industry. He now owns his own business. You seem to be confused.

I'm not the one that's confused. And as you weren't involved in the hiring years ago.....you also seem to be talking out of your ass.

But he's just working with what you're saying, which changes completely from one post to the next. Why did he need to be hired by the company he owns?

because you're all drinking thegerg's koolaid.

#30 Posted by thegerg (14366 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic: I am not talking out of my ass. WTF are you on about?

#31 Posted by danjammer69 (4099 posts) -

You could get a degree in history then take some classes in African American Studies. That'd be the smarter thing to do.

Ding ding ding!

Great answer. That is what I was going to recommend.

#32 Edited by MakeMeaSammitch (3675 posts) -

thegerg you win this threads award for most stupid user.

#33 Posted by deeliman (2228 posts) -

Why is everyone going full gerg itt? Never go full gerg...

#34 Edited by GamerForca (7070 posts) -

I'd second getting a history degree (English could work as well) and then just getting a minor in African American studies to go along with it. You can do more in graduate school if you want after that.

#35 Edited by foxhound_fox (86842 posts) -

Do you have a solid plan on what you are going to do with it? Or are you just pursuing it as an interest?

#36 Posted by TacticalDesire (10713 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@deeliman: He owns a marketing company.

So he didn't use his degree. Then for all intents and purposes...it was useless.

That's not really a fair statement since what a person studies can in many ways make them the person they are. A well rounded knowledgeable person is also a more attractive applicant in many instances. I would argue that studying something too specific is in many cases a bad decision.

#37 Edited by Sword-Demon (6871 posts) -

@donquixote:

What exactly do you want to do with a degree in African American Studies? And what led to your interest in it?

#38 Posted by Shottayouth13- (6689 posts) -

If you're that serious about it, then you could do it as a minor or just do a double major if you can manage that.

But seriously, in this economy, a degree in African American studies isn't very marketable.

#39 Posted by airshocker (28203 posts) -

You should go for a degree that is more marketable.

#40 Edited by the_bi99man (11024 posts) -

@donquixote said:

I want to get a degree in African American Studies, but..

You were chased out of Compton?

Seriously though, there's a reason that everybody is telling you that degree is worthless. It is. There is literally no profession that would require that degree, except being an African American Studies teacher. Do you want to be an African American Studies teacher? Is that what you want to spend your life doing? Is that the career you want? If your answer is anything but an enthusiastic "hell yes I want to be an African American Studies teacher", then that degree is worthless.

If you're just personally interested in the subject, and would be fine with "any shitty job", as you implied, why would you spend money getting a worthless degree? The degree means absolutely nothing, and you're an idiot for wanting it, unless you actually intend to be an African American Studies teacher. If all you want is the knowledge you would acquire in the process of getting that degree, then save yourself thousands of dollars, and go hit up the library and/or wikipedia. Spend your college money getting a degree that won't get you laughed out of a job interview.

Your parents and friends are right, and are looking out for your best interests. They probably don't care why you want to know these things, because that doesn't matter. If you don't want a career as an African American Studies teacher, the degree is a worthless waste of time and money. It's pretty obvious that you're some teenager, fresh out of high school, and you probably think your parents "just don't get it". You're wrong. They do. Hopefully they have the willpower to refuse to pay for your college if you insist on that degree. You'll thank them some day.

#41 Posted by Evdne971 (215 posts) -

I say do it if your already studying something else.

There are so any stupid people in the States and it's ridiculous.

Do for the sake of being educated.

#42 Posted by hippiesanta (9731 posts) -

..... beyonce is blonde .... why waste time?

#43 Edited by LJS9502_basic (149455 posts) -

@Evdne971 said:

I say do it if your already studying something else.

There are so any stupid people in the States and it's ridiculous.

Do for the sake of being educated.

IF you goal for education is employment then it isn't going to help him much unless he gets a teaching degree as well. Then he can teach....but it won't do much for employment beyond that.

#44 Posted by themajormayor (25620 posts) -

Why don't you just do African studies instead? Much more history and culture in that field. Very interesting continent. Much more enriching. African american studies is just slavery->MLK->basketball->hip hop->the end.

#45 Edited by thegerg (14366 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, you seem to be very confused. He would not have been offered the position that led to his success in the industry if he didn't have a degree. It was not useless.

No more thegerging please

WTF are you on about?

#46 Posted by dominer (3311 posts) -

@deeliman said:

It is useless, unless you want to become an african american studies teacher.

pretty much.

#47 Posted by redstorm72 (4507 posts) -

For all intents and purposes, it's useless. Ideally you should study what ever you enjoy, but you also have to be realistic. There are an incredibly small amount of jobs that that degree would give you access to. If you are really hung up on the subject, you should probably take a more general degree like History or Sociology then specialize in African American Studies or take it as a minor. Otherwise, just buy some text books and learn about it on your own time while you take a more useful/applicable program.

#48 Posted by themajormayor (25620 posts) -

@thegerg said:

@themajormayor said:

@thegerg said:

@LJS9502_basic: No, you seem to be very confused. He would not have been offered the position that led to his success in the industry if he didn't have a degree. It was not useless.

No more thegerging please

WTF are you on about?

Stop it already.

#49 Posted by thegerg (14366 posts) -
#50 Edited by themajormayor (25620 posts) -