I am convinced that there is no ruder question than What are you going to do with that major? In the case of a newly-minted B.A. in history and American Studies, I get that question a lot (the answer: grad school!). But it’s nice to know that just about everyone’s in the same boat this time of year.
Here’s a self-esteem deflating comic from XKCD explaining, in verse, why “Every Major’s Terrible.” Feel free to sing along!
Personally, I don’t see anything disparaging in the lines about history majors — tenure is the holy grail, and teaching for 40 years is a consummation devoutly to be wished. But that virology verse is hilarious.
… to Narricide, my other blog. You know, the one with all those research papers, historical marginalia, and other academic odds and ends. Sorry about the confusion! So if you’re looking for Henry VIII and Thomas More playing chess, or Thomas Cromwell singing to the pope, you can find them here: Go to Junker George, Narricide’s completely historically-accurate comic of biblical proportions.
Or if you’re looking for something specific:
#1 Dissolution of the Monasteries
#2 The Holy Eucharist
#3 Devious Thomas Cromwell
#4 Teresa of Ávila writes The Interior Castle
#5 Henry VIII and Thomas More Play Chess
#6 Debunking Superstitions
#7 King Lear’s First Mistake
#8 Tudor Truth or Dare
#9 Commie Professor
#10 Anne of Cleves gets her picture taken
Save your stamps and don’t bother with the hate mail– I know I’m going to Hell.