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Some universities require students to take classes in many subjects. Other universities require students to specialize in one subject. Which is better? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

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Is it better for a university student to focus on her mayor, or on the contrary to cover a lot of different subjects? If I were the mother of this student, I would strongly recommend her to go to a university where she can specialize early on. And if she asked me why, I would answer with three different reasons: First, classes not related to your academic field are useless in a foreseeable future. Second, the job market is requiring people who are very specialized in their respective fields. Third, in my opinion, students should have clear ideas about before enrolling in a college-level program.

First of all, if you really are passionate about your major, you will steer clear of all other topics. The academic background of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social network Facebook, demonstrates exactly this concept. During his years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Zuckerberg used to take classes in Computer Science and modern arts. In order to find information on the topic of his final art exam, he created a Facebook page with the four pictures on which he would have been examined, and finally asked people to comment them. “I did it because I had never paid attention to my art teacher during his class”, Zuckerberg admitted. Thus, the more passionate people are, the more will try to concentrate on their specific subject.

Furthermore, a specialized background is highly requested on the job market. This is because companies usually look for candidates with specific skills. For example,  the last time the hospital in my hometown hired a doctor, the hiring team was requiring candidates to be orthopaedic M.D.s specialized in foot surgery. This demonstrates that specialization is a plus.

Finally, when you are a college freshman, in my opinion you should have already understood which career to pursue. In fact, providing a wide-spectrum knowledge is the mission of high schools, not of universities. Universities should help students in becoming experts on something.

To summarize, for all the aforementioned reasons, universities requiring students to specialize are better than universities which require to follow a handful of different classes. If your future is biology, why should you waste your time studying law?

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