So, when I was a freshman in college and had to choose a major, I weighted all these things and thought about what I should major in. I had a set of constraints, and looking at the list of the possible majors in the university I was in, I did an elimination. I wanted to go to music, but I didn't pass the audition, so that was out. I didn't like doing math at that time, so I eliminated a huge swath of majors that needed higher-level math. I also was speaking three languages at that time, so I figured, I might as well study linguistics. It turned out that I liked what I was doing, and so I guess I became the second type of student. I never really thought about whether there is big money in linguistics or not. (Honestly, there isn't much: it's not like nursing or computer science)
Eventually, while in graduate school, I shifted my focus slowly from a pure theoretical linguistics background, to a more of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of language. I started dabbling in psychology, and so I learned how to devise experiments, and I learned how the brain works when it comes to processing language. Now, I guess, this broadens my opportunities. I could work on cognition labs now. I can say now that what I do have scientific and psychological reality. Unlike when I was in undergrad that I was working with language models that well, seemed like magic.
Anyway, so the other night, I was thinking about other fields of study, and what they are useful for. Like, what is the marketability of these majors? Say, Caribbean Studies, or Philosophy, or Women's Studies, or African Studies. Sometimes, it is hard to find what those majors are useful for, it is hard to see how they can be applied to things. It is hard to see how they can convince their dentist that their work is important.
Anyway, to conclude, I was walking the halls of the university one night, while posting fliers for my experiment, when I saw a flier posted on top of a water fountain next to the main office of the Philosophy Department. It read like this:
Premise 1: This is the best drinking fountain on campus.
Premise 2: Majoring in Philosophy is the best and easiest way for you to maximize your opportunities to drink out of this fountain.
Premise 3: Maximizing your opportunities to drink out of this fountain is sufficient reason for majoring in Philosophy.
Conclusion: You should major in Philosophy.