Public Affairs Lecture

I attended the lecture because of interest in the Public Affairs major. I have a passion for helping others and I learned that this major is a very good fit for people with an interest in making a difference. Students are offered a BA and BS track, with the BA focusing on leadership and management and the BS focusing on data analysis and economics. After taking economics next semester, I hope to see which degree would be a better fit for me. The college has a great faculty to student ratio of 15:1, with the professors having real world experience. This is important because they all know what they teach and are passionate about it. Though not required, 86% of students utilize the internship opportunites that are offered in the college. Another thing that was really nice about this major is the program is very broad, which allows students to keep their options open when it comes to careers. This is very helpful because I’m an indecisive person. This confirmed my interest in the major, knowing I won’t be stuck doing anything specific. I don’t have any other questions about this major.

Arts & Humanities

The major in which I was interested in was Philosophy, though not much was touched on it during the lecture. The only major that was discussed that I was intersted in was Comparitive Studies, which¬†does actually seem to be a good major. For me though, I enjoy my intro to Philosophy course that I’m taking right now, and I’d like to continue taking these types of courses. I enjoy being able to think in ways that I’ve never had to think before, and I love being asked to reflect on your own beliefs because I think you learn a lot about yourself while taking these courses. I learned something that I found to be very interesting– that you can create your own personalized study program if in the Art and Sciences program. While it does have to be for a valid reason, and you can’t do it if your goals can be obtained by combining any available major and minor, I think it’s really cool that students have that option. I would still love to learn about a Philosophy major, but I’m thinking that I will do my interview with someone in that major. I also learned that, even though it’s a common thought that the humanities majors don’t often get good jobs, the department has worked to make every major independent and made it possible for students to get a job with only an undergraduate degree. I think this changed my thoughts a lot, because I had the idea that you had to have either more education or a paired degree in order to get a good job.