You Can Major In Social Media At University Now

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — these are things that we use everyday! And these are things that a whole university education can be based off now. Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina, has made an entire undergraduate major for social media. You can graduate with honours in Facebooking.

As one of the first interdisciplinary majors in social media, it'll teach kids how to use social media better so that they can turn it into full-fledged careers. Basically, majoring in social media means you'll learn marketing and branding techniques fit for social networks.

Offered through the Department of Arts and Communications, the Social Media major will be an original interdisciplinary program that would capitalise on the strengths of existing courses in Graphic Design, Communications, Business Administration, Psychology and Statistics. Four innovative courses, created specifically for the Social Media major are also included in the curriculum.

It sounds ridiculous, but it's totally not. There are a lot of social media-specific jobs out there. Knowing how Facebook and Twitter and whatever comes next works is the secret sauce in figuring out the Internet. Hell, it's better than getting a degree in something like sociology, right? [Newberry College via Upstart Business Journal]

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    Study Myspace they said, you'll make money in consulting, they said.

    Yes! Finally someone I can lord my Bachelor of Arts over!

      My thoughts exactly! I feel so much smarter now.

    It sounds ridiculous, but it’s totally not.

    Actually, it totally is.

    Last edited 12/12/12 7:49 pm

    I hate this planet so much more each day

    Disgusting. I despise social media and have nothing to do with it as it is, to see it come to this is sickening.

    So how will the kids who spend all their lectures facebooking escape study now?

      Maybe they'll actually do something useful with their time, you know, like some real learning, on the side of course.

    It's the end of the world as we know it... An I feel fine.

    Incidentally, they're paying people to essentially teach them to say "Like for [Positive], comment for [negative], share for [positive]".

    At the end of this course they'll have deserved unemployment.

    I can't help but wonder if this degree was created to appease idiots looking to hire idiots.
    "I can't hire somebody straight out of school who knows inbound marketing strategies, I have to teach them"
    Or you could just hire somebody who actually did a real marketing degree and knows this stuff, because that's what they actually learn in uni, or at least in real uni.
    "QR codes, the hot new way..."
    When did QR codes become the hot new way of anything? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's been out and in use for quite a while now, and being pushed on us but the general public just couldn't give a crap about it.

    Removing this, commented in the wrong post.

    Last edited 13/12/12 11:11 am

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