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Rule Five Friday

2015_05_29_Rule Five Friday (1)How many American universities are offering crap classes and crap degrees? As it turns out, quite a few.

Appalachian State University offers a class titled “What If Harry Potter Was Real?

UC San Diego offers “Billy Strayhorn and Billie Holiday: Jazz, Race and Sexuality.

The University of South Carolina offers “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame.”

The University of Washington is offering “The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur.

Seriously, what the fuck?   From Collegedata.com:

2015_05_29_Rule Five Friday (2)2015_05_29_Rule Five Friday (3)In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a “moderate” college budget for an in-state public college for the 2014–2015 academic year averaged $23,410. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $46,272. But what goes into these costs?

What goes into those costs?  The linked article continues by listing tuition, books, housing, and so on – all accurate, of course.  But at what cost do parents and taxpayers get soaked to offer useless crap courses that lead to useless crap degrees?  Useless degrees offered by taxpayer-subsidized universities include such stupidity as:

  • 2015_05_29_Rule Five Friday (4)Women’s studies.
  • Secularism.
  • LGBT studies.
  • Black studies.
  • Hispanic studies.
  • Puppetry.
  • Music Therapy.
  • Dance.
  • Surf Science and Technology.
  • Golf Management.
  • Ethnic studies.
  • Islamic studies

Granted that linked list from Conservapedia also lists some useful degrees, such as Human Resources (my sister had a long career as a Human Resources professional in the private sector and is now enjoying a comfortable retirement) and Evolutionary Biology (I trained as a biologist myself, which led to a lucrative career in medical technology and biotech.)  But that doesn’t reduce the 2015_05_29_Rule Five Friday (5)outright fraud involved in major universities actually charging tuition for the bullshit listed here.

A major talking point among pols of both major parties is the rising cost of education.  How much of that rising cost is due to the offering of bullshit degrees?  How much student loan debt is from young skulls-fulla-mush taking bullshit classes and earning bullshit degrees?  How can anyone earn a living with a degree in LGBT studies?

Let me answer that:  You can’t.  Not unless that living involves repeatedly asking “do you want fries with that?”

Universities are charged with producing a product:  Young people with marketable skills.  In this the university system is failing, catastrophically, when they offer bullshit degrees like these.

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