Sunday, April 8, 2012

Academic Fields of Study, by "Realness"

Gawker writes a list of academic fields of study by "realness" designed to provoke. What is realness? Gawker says "Don't act like you don't know. Come on."  The list:

1. Physics
2. Astronomy or other Space Science
3. Philosophy
4. Engineering
5. Math
6. History
7. Chemistry
8. Biology or other Life Science
9. Foreign language (Useful type)
10. Computer Science
11. Agriculture
12. Geology or other Earth Science
13. Architecture
14. Literature
15. Law
16. Geography
17. Music
18. Economics
19. Study of Some Foreign Place or Culture
20. Archaeology
21. Anthropology
22. Religion or Theology
23. Art
24. Education
25. Foreign Language (Useless type)
26. Political Science
27. Drama or Film
28. Phys Ed, Sports Management or other Major Designed For Athletes
29. Journalism or "Communications"
30. Business
31. Psychology
32. Sociology

Sociology clearly does not belong last, and should be close to anthropology; economics is way too high on the list.  Religion and theology should be last even though incorporated in the arts.  Speaking of which, why is literature ahead of music and art (which must mean visual arts, but not drama or film) so far behind them both and drama and film yet lower?  Any of these fields include subfields that are more or less real.  Take law for instance: I would put tax law near the top of the list, but of course I'm biased.

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