The University of California Berkeley is a curious entity. It is without a doubt the most leftist, anti-free speech, anti-freedom college in the United States. It generates, at best, worthless liberal arts graduates, and more typically, damaging ones who will be net parasites on society. Yet, at the same time, it has highly-ranked, highly-legitimate STEM programs, producing engineers, scientists, and other productive members of society. But while this odd square peg is rounded with a universal indoctrination of leftist politics (all their scientists/STEM graduates are just as easily brainwashed as the liberal arts majors), I was shocked to find out Berkeley has a business school.
Yes, an actual business school replete with MBA program and all.
It's called the "Haas Business School" and is ranked surprisingly highly in both undergraduate and MBA programs.
This completely flummoxed me because there was just no way to reconcile Berkeley's anti-progress, anti-capitalism, anti-production environment with that of a highly ranked business school. Alas there it was, in all of it's business schooly glory, punching in the weight class with Wharton and the U of Chicago.
So out of morbid curiosity I just had to look up what the class requirements are to earn a degree from the "prestigious" Haas School of Business, and what I found was not surprising at all.
First, like all colleges, the Haas School of Business does not make it easy, clear cut, or obvious what you need to graduate. Despite my best efforts to take the minimum number of courses to graduate from college, I too took one unnecessary class. I believe schools make it this complicated on purpose so that they can eek out those couple extra thousand dollars from their students.
Second, what also stood out was Haas' insistence you take 7 "breadth" classes, one each from the following categories:
Arts and Literature
Philosophy and Values
Social and Behavioral Sciences
You can look up the individual lists from the link above, but all are chock full of worthless, liberal arts pre-requisites that, once again, only exist for two reasons. 1) to serve as an employment vehicle for Berkeley graduate students in the worthless liberal arts. 2) to brainwash you into leftist politics that has nothing to do (even everything antithetical) to business. All under the hypocritical lie that you need to be "well rounded."
Third, was the "core" group of business classes every business major, regardless of specialty, has to take. This includes 10 "basic bitch" classes such as "micro-economics" (because your high school class I guess wasn't good enough), "business communications" (which is surprisingly like all communications), "marketing" ("gotta spend money to make money!"), and two complete throw-away classes "Leadership" (because I'm going to let a 22 year old leftist moron lead my company) and "The Social, Political, and Ethical Environment of Business" (more leftist brainwashing from a professor who never worked in the real world of business).
You would think this would be enough in academic-indulgences-bribery money to satiate and keep employed Bekerley's ranks of worthless professors,theoreticians, and academians, but it's not, because the University of Berkeley also has some class requirements of all their graduates, regardless of their college and degree. Like all graduation requirements, they don't go into detail, hoping to get you to sign up for 3, 4, 7 classes you don't need, but they fall into three categories.
These requirements are likely nothing more than additional and unneeded, rank leftist propaganda, but even if not, they certainly have nothing to do with business.
Fifth, you need 12 "upper division, non business units" to graduate from the "prestigious" Haas Business School. What they are, again, they don't clearly say, but they EXPLICITLY tell you it CAN'T be business. Making me (and the students no doubt) wonder how much better a business major they could have been if they were allowed to...oh, I don't know...STUDY WHAT THEY WANT WITH THOSE EXTRA 12 CREDITS???
And then finally, the numbers.
They just don't add up.
Though I could be wrong, the best I could suss it out, your average Haas Business School student will take, in total, 65 BUSINESS credits. Only 38 of which will be in their particular major (finance, marketing, HR, etc.). This is out of a TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS of 120 to graduate.
So let's do some math that I think even Haas Business School students can understand.
When you go to the Haas School of Business, only 54% of the classes you take will have anything to do with business. And when you really look at it, only 32%, LESS THAN ONE THIRD of the classes you take will have anything to do with you major.
Translated another way, 2/3rds of your tuition money and time is spent on crap you never wanted to study and (in my humble opinion) is nothing more than a money grab from Big Education that makes the mafia's insurance plan look fair.
Of course, this is not just the Haas School of Business, but nearly every business school, and nearly every college in America. The majority of classes college students take have nothing to do with their major, and everything to do with enriching the life-long-academian class. The first and foremost purpose of higher education is NOT to educate "the future" but to get you to endebt yourself, often times to the tune of $100,000, all so Big Education can make almost as much money on you as the mortgage industry.
The real question is why is it taking Americans, especially the youth, so long to see this scam for what it is? I understand that we are now forcing all of our (precious) youth into indentured financial servitude because the Bachelors Degree is the new High School Diploma. I know millions of baby boomer and Gen X'er parents are naive about the realities of higher education, unconsciously brainwashing their children that "they MUST ALL GO TO COLLEGE." But when do you sheep wake up and realize a college "degree" that only gives you a third of the education you need/want with a price tag of $100,000 and 4 years of your youth is a racket, not to mention, the primary cause of all future millennial financial problems?
I used to want to do the right thing and sound the alarm, toll the bells, and try to warn Americans about the financial risks of pursuing worthless degrees. But instead I (or anybody else) who tries to warn people about this are greeting with hostility, accusations of "ruining dreams," or just being "ignorant" (a favorite accusation of 19 year old self-described "independent minded people"). Throw in the fact these lemmings continue to keep running off the cliff, I not only find myself wanting to enjoy the decline, but actually am sadistically starting to enjoy watching the carnage.
For example, just two months ago the clerk checking me out at the grocery store unsolicitedly lamented to me about the election of Donald Trump. I asked him what he was going to major in, and he said, "theater." With a straight face that would win the World Series of Poker I told him,
"Look kid, I know you think just getting that bachelors in theater is going to help, but nowadays you REALLY need to get a doctorate if you want to be successful."
Because, you know, I don't want to get in the way of anybody's dreams.
Aaron Clarey is a mean, bitter old man who likes to destroy young people's dreams and kick puppies. He does this because he is evil. If you'd like to read some of his evil works consider buying "Worthless: The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major" and "Poor Richard's Retirement: Retirement for Everyday Americans." Both are full of mean, hurtful things like "facts" and "numbers" and are guaranteed to hurt your feels, trigger you, and send you into a campus safe space. You may also hire him for a personal consultation at his company Asshole Consulting.