I was with [Identity-Protected] the other night and she was talking about deliberating on what program to pursue for her Masters. She’s an aspiring (or should I say published) writer and I recommended to her to go with the program that doesn’t involve writing. Why? Because I personally feel writing is a skill you can develop without formal education. That’s not to say one shouldn’t take a degree in Creative Writing given the chance but I think there’s similarly other material that can benefit your writing if you pursue other degrees such as History, Comparative Literature, or even Physics or Math.
For example, most of the universities in the country give a general education in the first two years while specialized education in the latter two. This makes shifting courses in the first two years easier. However, this I think is a luxury of time and money. There are other universities which give a more specialized education in less time (two years) and probably for less money (but it varies). Those who lack either resource and know what they want to get into might be more suited to enroll in such a university rather than the general education other universities might give. The important thing to note is that there is no one right method of teaching/learning to people in general, but there is an optimum method of teaching/learning for a specific individual.