I think an economics degree would be a good flexible degree to get and I am currently reading works by rothbard and watching seminars online about economics and economic history. This is a minnesota state school. What I am mostly worried about is what the macroeconomics courses are going to end up being like.
Do what I'm doing, just understand what is being said. If you can't see any fallacies in what is being said, then why assume that something is wrong with what is being said? If you do find problems with what is being said then consider it "a way that a group of people think about an issue", not the truth of the matter.
This is good advice with most issues.
Well I once saw a video explain different business cycles and he proposed that each of them is good to understand. Would something from the keynesian school or chicago school or neoclassical and so on in something like say a macro or micro economics book still be useful?
Well, expect mathematics (especially in macro and more and more the closer you get to graduation) and some stats and in your public health classes, if you take anything about taxation or regulatory issues, to expect the Bentham/Coase approach to social welfare (the "social margin"). Expect Keynes in banking, your textbooks will probably come from an adviser to one of the Fed banks.
Graduate studies seem oriented towards econometrics which means experiments requiring the very concepts Austrians abhor. But they more than likely are the ones getting pretty high paying jobs...
I never once was directed towards or exposed to Friedman in any of my economics classes. I didn't end up pursuing economics.
Well there is one econometrics class I have to take (I'm going for a BS). I would probably go to another university if I decided to to do graduate studies. Do you think even a basic econometrics would be worthless?
this university from what I'm reading about their program seems to appreciate Friedman and Hayek and Adam smith so I may be exposed to those guys who I think are cool.
Employers will not care about your economic philosophy. They're only interested in the skills you bring to the table. So perhaps to your dismay, the quantitative courses like econometrics, mathematical optimization, empirical finance, etc. will be most helpful for your job prospects.
If you're actively trying to get a pro-market biased education, go with GMU.
Otherwise, learn the stuff in school and compare it to other authors outside of school.
Lastly, I recommend a Computer Science degree. Jobs are offered like hotcakes.
A B.S. in economics hasn't done much for me. The stuff I learned in accounting turned out to be much more marketable in the labor market.
"If we wish to preserve a free society, it is
essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular
object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion."
Yeah i've been getting IT careers and accounting are great ideas for awhile now. So I'm thinking I might do an Information Systems degree since that has some accounting and business as well as programming software engineering etc. But I may pack an accounting minor onto it in the future or get a certificate in network security if its convenient.
@Wheylous- Whats a GMU?
George Mason University.