Wow! One U just cut sociology and other “useless” majors

Useless, that is, unless the student intends to make a living off promoting civil discord between identity groups and massive payouts from taxpayers, a mega-industry in recent decades:

From Eric Owens at Daily Caller:

Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the elimination of nine undergraduate majors, as well as 15 minors and one graduate program.

Sociology, theater, art history, journalism and something called media studies are among Wisconsin-Superior’s newly suspended academic majors, reports local ABC affiliate WDIO. More.

Media studies? Come on. Journalism, like parenthood, is only learned by doing. The rest is fluff.

Reality check: Yes, hard to believe, but true. Sociology is a way of training Orwell’s Outer Party, the educated class whose control of information keep others from freedom.

Is it an outlier or a dam breaking? We’ll see.

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All sides agree: progressive politics is strangling social sciences

  • “All sides agree: progressive politics is strangling social sciences”

    And they are well on their way to strangling the STEM subjects as well (I think that means Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine).

    That’s how we got the Anthropogenic Global Warming hoax, Gender Reassignment surgery, Computer Technology as an instrument of Government intrusion and social control, dysfunctional Renewable Energy models, etc. I’m sure we could think of many more. Heck, even abortion-on-demand can be traced back to sloppy science and the abandonment of traditional ethics in the area of Medicine. At the end of the day about the only thing left standing is Engineering. So when we start seeing buildings collapsing and airplanes falling out the sky for no apparent reason……

    The subject isn’t the problem, the progressive politics are. There was absolutely nothing wrong with things like “Art History” etc. and these things played a practical role in the past.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      There is nothing wrong with Art History as a degree, its just that they graduated something like 50X the number of employable graduates. True, I now get to have very stimulating conversations with my barista, but at the end of the day, he’s still a glorified soda jerk working for Starbucks.

      • canminuteman

        Education doesn’t have to be about getting a job, but if you’re not independently wealthy, you might want to put some thought into what you are going to do for a living. Back in the old days we made huge advances in science because independently wealthy men studied things with no motive more than curiosity.

        • Drunk by Noon ✓

          And that can still be done as a research professor at a university.
          200-years ago you could be a rich autodidactic polymath as there wasn’t that much “math*” to know. Nowadays, you had better be exceptionally brilliant.

          *math: from Greek polymathes “having learned much, knowing much,” not necessarily mathematics.

      • Tell me about it. I majored in anthro, minored in human rights, with a credit shy of a double-minor in Hispanic studies. All of these subjects had a practical application and were necessary for employment in specific specialized areas when I studied them. They were also much more “science-oriented” in the past.

        In fact a really good example is Anthro. Politicians today wouldn’t be so confused about things like immigration policy, race, cultural relativism, the Islamic problem, security-intelligence gathering, etc. if anthro wasn’t hijacked by progressive politics. Now I wouldn’t touch these subjects with a ten-foot pole even if they paid me a six-figure salary — the “barf factor” — academic dishonesty — would be too much to bear.

        • Drunk by Noon ✓

          I must say, I have learned more about anthro from the self-described “racists” at 4chan than I ever dreamed possible to pick up on a casual basis. I fear that they may be right.
          Anyways, congrats on your fine education, I hope it worked out for you.

          • “Racists” can have accurate observations, and they can have inaccurate observations, like anyone else. To state otherwise and to always assume they are inaccurate would be an ad homonym argument — an error in logic. It would be like saying the Volkswagen was a totally useless vehicle because it was invented by the Nazis. When in fact it became one of the most popular compact vehicles in the world, and the closest thing to a “green vehicle” in its era.

            Ironically though, Hitler’s first love was art, not engineering. Some historians speculate that it was his failure at being an artist that led to his intense frustration and anger, evidenced by his theft of great masterpieces all over Europe.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        From the bios at many escort agencies, a sizable number of high-class ladies of the evening claim to have majored in art history. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about this.

        • Drunk by Noon ✓

          Assuming that they are not padding their resumes, it might indicate what career path pays most.
          It’s really hard to tell a twenty something who really loves the money that they should go do something else with their “talents”.

        • canminuteman

          An acquantence of mine has a son who studied business at university, and took an elective course in art history. He now own an art gallery specializing in Canadian art. He goes to auctions all over the place to buy material for his gallery and I understand he is doing quite well at it. He is now basically an art dealer.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    I have come here to bury the Social Sciences, not to praise them.
    I think ALL academic majors should be audited every 4 years for both academic rigor but also meaningful employability for their graduates, and if the major doesn’t make the grade, only the seniors in that major can graduate and that department goes away.
    There are just too many idiots with college degrees that are unemployable in their studied field.

  • k1962

    Or the study of sociology can turn one into a conservative….there is only so much bs one can take.

  • Frances

    Know someone who majored in accounting, minored in drama. But of a lot of Enron jokes back then. But is now a CA, doing very well, and involved in community theatre. When your working day involves a lot of interactions with CRA, you need a dramatic outlet of some sort.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Sociology not real useful. Social Work on the other hand, useful.

    • Social Work should be renamed “Socialist Work”.

      • canminuteman

        Professional busybodies.

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