Many students encounter tremendous pressure from their parents to adopt “practical” majors, and I’ve talked to a handful of students whose parents flatly refused to provide for their educational expenses unless they majored in something career-oriented. With less than half of recent college graduates landing jobs that require a college degree, this concern is understandable, says Zac Bissonnette of The Choice for the New York Times. But it’s misguided. In recent years, research into the importance of choice of major has led to a surprising conclusion: it’s really not all that important. A study conducted by PayScale Inc. found that...

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