Picking the Degrees and Majors of the Future

By Ilana Kowarski | December 7, 2021 | U.S. News & World Report

Experts say an interdisciplinary education provides the most reliable preparation for a career in a changing world.

Given the rapid pace of economic change and technological innovation, some wonder whether the lessons currently taught by college and graduate school professors will be relevant in 10, 20, or 30 years.

If you are a prospective student worried about whether the degree you plan to pursue will have lasting value, understand that your concern is shared by many academics who constantly update courses to account for emerging trends. Faculty in both traditional liberal arts disciplines and vocationally oriented programs also focus on teaching timeless skills such as solving problems and brainstorming new ideas.

Employers are seeking graduates who can apply the latest technology, data analytics, and creativity at the workplace in their discipline areas and in inter-disciplinary ways and who can relate and work well with others.