Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Poorly chosen fields

According to Stephen Colbert (just 73 seconds ago) the lowest tier of marketability among college majors includes "classics, comparative literature [and] linguistics."

There's a perverse honour in being mocked so satirically. Buffy is slightly more honored than I am because two of her areas were the object of his derision.


  1. Ouch...does doing Spanish Linguistics make me more marketable???

  2. I can't really speak for you, but it would seem to me that this alleviates the burden of having to market yourself, which is the opposite of why you entered the field, and all of academia for that matter.

  3. Yes! After earning a master's in linguistcs, I am on my way to get a Ph.D. in classics. I suck and am completely unmarketable! At least I can rely financially on my wife, who majored in classics and has a master's in comparative literature. Shit.

    To be honest, if I had it to all over again, I would have done math/cs and read Greek as a hobby.

  4. As said wife with classics and comp. lit. degrees, I'd cry if I weren't laughing so hard.

  5. David's comment killed me. Hilarious.

  6. "Marketable" is a stupid adjective. Or at least, not one I'd like to have applied in my direction...


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