Hi guys. This will be my first post. After reading through some of the threads here, I decided to look through recommendations for beginning physics books, which led me to Isaac Asimov's https://www.amazon.com/Understandin...512/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308870184&sr=8-1". Asimov writes with such conciseness and clarity, and, to my understanding, he did not even study composition or English in college! I, very often, have thought of becoming an English major in the hopes that I would become a better communicator--in writing and in speaking. However, after reading five chapters of said book, I have found myself a new curiosity for physics. I can say that, after four high school years of reading through textbooks written in all sorts of fluffy language, I will never pick up a textbook unless required of me ever again. Having dropped an AP Physics course halfway through my senior year of high school (in part because I had never taken a physics course before), I wish I had laid my hands on this book sooner--which brings me to my topic. As an entering first-year student at a small liberal arts college this fall semester, I am looking for guidance as to whether I should pursue a path of study in the sciences or humanities. My broad goal is to become a better communicator and a better critical thinker, but I am also aware of the difficulty it is for some humanities majors, especially those in English, Art History, and ___ Studies, to find a sustaining career. I am aware too that, should I try to pursue law school and vie for spots to the top law schools (as it is hard to find a place in the legal profession without connections within the top 14 law schools), I will be faced with tough competition. Furthermore, should I, on a whim, perhaps, decide to study medicine, studying English Literature as an undergraduate is ill preparation for medical school, regardless of a high MCAT score. In short, I am very passionate about film and literature. The ideal path of study, without concerns of my future welfare, would be to double major in Film Studies and English in the hopes of becoming a screenwriter or director. Unfortunately, competition is fierce in the film industry, and, though a film degree is not required for opportunities in the film industry, I do not have the wherewithal or the connections to popular talent agencies or film studios. In our present economy, however, the supply of humanities majors is overwhelming, and the demand for them is low. I know that STEM majors are in increasing demand. My questions are: Given that I will take advantage of my college's career services with my academic major, should I play it safe with a BS or follow my passion? Does studying English Literature or any other humanity really have that allegedly intrinsic effect of making for highly articulate and literate individuals? Is money even a valid incentive for pursuing an education? (And why is there such a disparity between views of humanities and STEM majors in the workforce?) My goal in this thread is to provide ideas for prospective college students and to broaden our collective understanding of higher education, the workforce, and the economy. In case anyone is looking for statistics, Georgetown University has had the fortune of having researchers compile data of the earnings of respective majors: http://cew.georgetown.edu/whatsitworth/".