Degrees in sports administration and pop culture? Higher education seems to have drifted so far from its fundamental charge that, today, apparently anything can qualify for degree status.What an injustice this is to students, who innocently believe that if a university thinks a subject important enough to make it into a degree, then they will be well-served by enrolling in it. There are those who blame such students for their bad choices. I am not one of them. I taught in universities for many years and I know the deference paid by most students to the standards articulated by their institution. After all, these are still kids, for the most part; offering them degrees in “pop culture” is perilously close to child abuse. Any academic or administrator who truly believes in both the employability and intellectual respectability of a degree in pop culture is both deceived and deceiving.There was a time, not that long ago, when universities had a proper reverence for the life of the mind, a reverence that would have made them ashamed to offer such empty-headed degree programs to their students.Apparently, that time has passed.
While I disagree with the author about "kids" and "child abuse", I agree that silly majors serve only a few--mostly the instructors, not the students. Yes, there are some who can make a living in "sports administration" or even in "pop culture", but there are also a few who can make a living in "football" and "motion picture acting"--but that doesn't mean our institutions of higher education should be putting a lot of effort there.