Pursuing An Undergraduate Degree

1339 WordsDec 14, 20166 Pages
So it turns out your student wants to major in art; what a terrible misfortune. After all, it is clear that there are no career prospects in this field due to the high unemployment rates. If by some miracle your student does somehow manage to get a job, they’ll be making pennies, and will probably end up living in your basement. Nobody wants to pay thousands of dollars for a degree that will send your student right back to your basement. Dramatized thought patterns like this one demonstrate some of the common misconceptions about pursuing an undergraduate degree in Art. Unfortunately, it is one of undergraduate degrees that society discounts, as it is often listed as one of the worst college undergraduate degrees (Rapacon). Despite this, Art undergraduate degrees are just as useful and relevant as any other undergraduate degree. Let’s start by addressing one of the most pressing issues that surrounds an Art undergraduate degree; the unemployment rate. After all, your student is going to college so they can get a job. Unemployment is an issue that is not limited to art undergraduate degrees, as other fields also experience a certain degree of unemployment. Architecture, for example is one of the fields with the highest unemployment rates at 13.9%, whereas the current unemployment rate for art majors is comparatively less at 11.1% (Carnevale 4). Yet, even though the unemployment rate for people who get Art undergraduate degrees are slightly higher, if your student wanted to
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