Originally Posted by Lord-Barrington
I don't think political science or english degrees are attractive at all, even from top schools, which is why motivated students in those programs will often hustle way more. It's a gamble though. I went into poli sci because I knew I would excel and enjoy it. I studied incredibly hard though, networked, and took a lot of classes that were quant/econ/stats heavy as hell to make myself more attractive to potential employers. In the end I really think it paid off though because I graduated with very good grades, a lot of solid experience as a UG (senior thesis, research assistant, internships, etc.) and a strong academic profile overall. So even though my major was pretty useless I could actually set myself apart from other applicants.
I took a little bit of a different (but similar) approach. I didn't take quant/econ/stats heavy classes for my major, but I took classes that allowed me to see more than one view point (imo, poli sci classes do this very well) and most of my papers were based on evaluating program A over program B, etc. etc.
On the other hand, I am a minor in "business administration" but I overloaded myself on quant or business pre-req classes for electives (stats, econ, calc, finance, acc, etc.)
Of course, I was also very fortunate to figure out that I didn't want to be a lawyer after 2 years, but that's a different story.TL/DR
I think that a lot of people these days are too naive in thinking that just graduating from college is enough to get you a job... it's not enough and you're only setting yourself up for failure if you don't try to develop soft skills/network.