posted on Feb, 22 2013 @ 10:30 AM
reply to post by luciddream
I understand your 19-year old trauma if you felt it was unfair, and I kind of picked on you because you were the most recent one to gnaw at that bone,
not because you were the worst one. So, apologies there. For the record... (psych major after all), sometimes it is better to let go of the
adolescent but-that-isn't-fair because it can lead to false stereotyping of others and a false sense of entitlement in an adult... among other
I do see a lot of people try to sluff the blame for degree inflation onto people who get a four year degree in a "soft" science, and I don't think
THAT is fair. These attacks are generally justified with the inevitable disparaging remarks about work ethic and intelligence for anyone who pursues
those degrees, which is a gross generalization, and usually not true. It is just people mindlessly venting frustration and scapegoating. It's also
a growing cultural tendency, and I'm getting fed up with it.
I personally think that a psych degree (even a graduate level psych degree) is a joke in terms of practical application in the mental health field.
There is a great deal of hand waving going on. No doubt. And the way the field is run as a money making scheme... Oi... Don't get me started.
But in order to do what I want, I need those pieces of paper.
I will say that I was previously pre-vet med., and I would in all fairness hedge things toward more difficult when I was loaded in math and science;
but mostly because (as I mentioned) I am really terrible at math. It depends on the program I guess. But, I still have to think with this psychology
major,and there is a lot of research... But I digress. The hours that I put in are comparable, but even I will admit I am not nearly as frustrated
and stressed out.
Math and science is more marketable, particularly for a bachelors. Realistically you (probably) aren't going to get very far with a four year degree
in anthropology, psychology, sociology, etc... Your career can begin once you get your Masters. So if you are going that way, you are in it for the
long haul. There are some exceptions but they can be hard to find. Most people that I know with this major are well aware of that. It is a
marathon, not a sprint, and perhaps that is why so many of these programs are less... intensive.