I still want my degrees in economics and law, for practical reasons, but I am now joining the view that the social sciences are superficial — and I am including certain branches of Linguistics in the social sciences.
I would never be in English, French or German, since in Spanish or Arabic you get to know twice as much. I would never be in Ethnic Studies, as it is so American, or Women’s Studies, as so much of it is parochial or outright patriarchal. But today I am just glad to be in Humanities. Despite the presence of those who would just like to emote with literary texts, people to whom I do not relate, we still assume one should really study.
These are the conclusions I have reached so far. This does not mean I am pleased with those Latin Americanists utterly bent on tracing our relationship to Greece and Rome, or that I have become dogmatically anti-anything. I am just glad to be in a set of fields that allows for depth.