A common perception is that the purpose of a college degree is only to get a better job and make more money. However, many people choose to pursue a degree for more than just monetary reasons. College not only prepares students for a future career but also helps them to improve as people. Some degrees are better bets for personal fulfillment than others. Here are four degrees that help you be all you can be.

Visual Art

If you have a talent for drawing, painting, photography or sculpture, consider a degree in visual art. You can specialize in traditional art, art education or branch out into graphic design and commercial art. Another option is to combine this degree with a second major in psychology and get your counseling license to become a certified art therapist.

Music Education

Have you had a lifelong love of music? Or are you only just discovering a previously hidden talent? If so, a degree in music education may be perfect for you. A special perk of majoring in music education is that you can get a scholarship to play in the college band or make money on the side giving music lessons. After graduation, look forward to a career teaching music at a public school, private school, college or university, or start your music school.


Nothing helps you be a better person more than understanding your fellow humans. Anthropology is the study of humans ranging from prehistoric artifacts to modern cultures. A degree in this field can lead down many paths including crime scene investigation, case management, teaching, museum curating and more. Pursue a higher degree in anthropology to become a researcher or university professor.

Creative Writing

Book lovers and story tellers will feel right at home pursuing a degree in creative writing. Perfect your craft with this degree and pen the next bestseller, work for a newspaper or magazine or teach writing workshops for local libraries. Creative writing is a great second major to combine with English education, journalism or library science. Earn a master's degree in creative writing to teach at a university or pursue your passions on your own time.

While these four degrees are not guaranteed keys to becoming wealthy, they are great pathways to an enjoyable career that gives back. These are fields of study that will expand your mind, enrich your experience and hone your talents. Choosing to pursue one of these degrees will help you to be all you can be.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.