This stuff teaches you critical thinking like not many other things do. Also, don't judge it by just Chomsky--we all know that it's absurd to think that linguistic should study 'an ideal speaker-listener who knows their language perfectly and who is unaffected by grammatically irrelevant conditions like memory limitations, distractions, shifts of attention, and errors (random or characteristic).'
I had studied linguistics--improved my thinking and analyzing skills. It let me see patterns in languages Cons: It is very hard to find work in that major, and some folks are in PhD programs and have no idea what they are doing after. May need to create a job or apply it to some other field
Amazing and very much needed major. The people who really understand a language are in the best place to really understand a culture. Cons: Not really one for me as while I am required to learn languages, it's actually quite difficult for me.
I'm applying to uni in February, and one of the things I was thinking about is Linguistics... so I might give it a try. :) I love learning new languages, and I can imagine myself working with them. Cons: You might not get a job, because if you're not ambitious enough other Linguists will edge you out of it. :(
I'm a linguistics major already! I didn't expect it to be on the list. For me, it's a very broad major with many different paths. Cons: People assume you're a polyglot or a grammar fanatic. Technically, neither is required. Linguistics programs tend to lack in state schools and more popular in private universities
Linguistics allows one to study broadly (a language family, for instance) or narrowly (one phonological structure in one language). Cons: Increasingly linguistics is a theoretical field with less fieldwork and more armchair time. There is also a tendency for linguistics to exotify what they study.