10/19/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Unbearable Lightness Of Declaring A Liberal Arts Major

Having just finished my first year of college, it's time to pick a major. I'm hopeless at anything math or science-related, but my mother's constant warnings make me uncomfortable spending $20,000 a year discussing red wheelbarrows. A recent Duke University study found that how people choose their majors is unknown, but starting salaries are a factor. I suspect another factor is mothers advising daughters to stick to useful majors and quit taking Italian film classes.

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