So I'm looking at various grad programs.........and I'm starting to think that it might not be such a good idea to do a policy-based program. Here's why -
1) I used to be a political science major........i still take poly sci classes now because I've made it my minor......I really don't like studying social sciences anymore. Policy discussions interest me, and yet I really don't think I want to spend my life's work on policy work. It's one big cluster****.......people are crazy, and I'm really starting to think that planning may not be for me.......because I'm not so sure I want to work with people and the "community" so much anymore. I find myself growing more and more cynical about society and wanting to have less and less to do with "trying to save the world", i.e. engaging myself in policy work.
On the other hand, I had a design/studio class last semester........yes, it was basic but it was fun! Hands-on planning..............our semester project was to design a subdivision. I enjoyed that more than i've enjoyed a lot of things in my planning courses. I think I want to pursue a career in urban design as opposed to something policy-based like "urban studies". But with that being said, I have never taken any math classes beyond pre-Cal (unless you consider statistics to be higher-level math)..........I'm not too wild about doing a whole of math and technical stuff either, but........I really think design would be interesting and I just don't want to do any kind of social planning crap.
I'm a huge advocate of increasing green space in our cities and incorporating as much nature into urban areas as possible, so a Master's in Landscape Architecture seems to be a good fit at this point. But my question is, how technical is it? How difficult would it be to pursue such a program when my college education has almost completely consisted of liberal arts studies, with only a handful of technical classes (a studio class here, a GIS class there)? Any help would be appreciated..........thanks in advance.