My humanities BA cost the same as any other three-year programme in the UK. It would have equipped me to enter any number of professions, including ones entirely unrelated to my field of study. My current job entails teaching American undergraduates a subject that you and others here would, it seems, deem of little practical value. I would not be doing what I’m doing if I thought for one second that I was disadvantaging the young people whose eduction I’m responsible for, or if I hadn’t seen—time and time again—the ways in which they’ve gone on to forge successful careers for themselves.My daughter committed the same "folly" - but she had parents who could foot the bill without going into debt, and she quickly learned that her degree would not get her financial security. She is also smarter than the average bear, which was an unfair advantage that gave her a better chance to succeed in both gaining an education and life in general. Along with a privileged background - with one of the most important factors being parents who read to her, and instilled a lifelong interest in reading. My feeling has always been that literacy is the absolute essential skill for getting ahead in life - unless you were born so privileged via wealth, looks, or talent that you can sail through life even if you are uneducated. Or stupid. Or both.