Business or Spanish: Which is Harder? Which is More “Useful”?

From today’s NYT:

“[My daughter] Caitlin is graduating from a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania next month, and I emailed her today to ask which was harder during the past four years — her business classes or her Spanish courses. Her reply was ‘Spanish hands down.'”

But is Spanish (or another liberal arts major) a useful choice? The author continues:


“When PayScale conducted its latest annual survey of starting and mid-career salaries for college grads in dozens of college majors, business came in as the 60th best-paying college degree. It fared worse than such supposedly impractical degrees as history, political science and philosophy.”

More here: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/04/17/why-look-down-on-a-business-degree/but-can-they-write

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