EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
No need to declare with this degree
university diploma is complete bullshit — at least
in its current form.
Diplomas presume that their proud owners are career-focused
with specific skills that will enable them to succeed and perform
well in their field of study. Sounds good, but since when did
students become unwitting labourers in the giant assembly line
Through degree-based education systems, students are trained
to be proficient in their selected discipline so that they
supposedly contribute more effectively to industry. A more
focused worker generally bodes well for the economy, so universities
subserviently spit out students with degrees that better enable
businesses to shape their workforce.
I’m no Marxist conspiracy theorist, but I’m also
no fan of universities pretending to be one of the last bastions
of abstract thought while mirroring the intents and purposes
of colleges, that is to prepare students for the working world.
Degrees are essentially disguised routes to the job of your
choice. Of course, not everyone gets the job they want, but
you sure have a betting chance of getting a job in, say, marine
biology if you have a degree in marine biology.
Which brings me to my main point: university students should
be able to get a degree which does not confine or limit them
to any career path. That’s why I propose a Degree in
Undeclared, in which students can choose their own courses
from any faculty they want. This would accomplish a number
of things, least of which is restoring the meaning of a liberal
Students would study what they WANT to learn, not what someone
else thinks they SHOULD learn. Renewed interest in academics
is one effect, actually enjoying school is but another.
Professors would be challenged to make study material interesting
instead of relying on a steady flow of students who have to
take their course as required by their degree.
Employers would be forced to conduct comprehensive interviews
to see if prospective employees truly mesh with their job description
and the company’s culture instead of just reading the
title of their diploma (Ivey business degree? You’re
perfect for our company!).
No prerequisites and no required courses allows for ultimate
academic freedom, a quality sorely lacking in today’s