There are now at least three people on this list with BAs in Asian Languages. Â Talk about useless, but enjoyable BA University of Washington Asian Languages and Lit ( Chinese), BA Asian History UW Law School - grateful dropout UW MBA
I wouldn't say that a degree in an Asian language is useless. Some of the classes I took as an undergrad and in law school were a waste of time, but I don't regret any of my Chinese studies. Although not the path I ultimately took, I have a number of friends who studied Chinese, and ended up working for a living in China or Hong Kong. Still another friend is a professor teaching Chinese. They have certainly had good mileage out of their language degrees. For me, I only occasionally have any use for my Chinese language skills, although it has been useful on occasion, as my company does business with Chinese companies, and being able to listen in on the other side's conversations during negotiations has on occasion been most helpful. From a purely personal standpoint (as opposed to being related to my employment) I still enjoy Chinese poetry and art, and when I travel in China for pleasure, it makes things a lot easier. If I had more time, I would take some graduate classes to keep on top of things.