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So Much for a Liberal Arts Degree

July 24, 2015

While we find ourselves constantly telling parents about the benefits of a liberal arts education, we know that there are those who still worry that, without a "practical," vocationally-focused education, their kids will be unemployable after graduation.  These parents are among a large group of moms and dads who, throughout time, have lost plenty of sleep over their children's choice of majors.  Imagine Mr. and Mrs. Turner's distress when their son, Ted, announced he would be pursuing a degree in classics.  Hopefully, they calmed down a bit once he founded CNN and TBS.

Below are a few people who pursued "useless" degrees, yet somehow managed to eek out a living:


Clarence Thomas
(Supreme Court Justice), English


Les Moonves
(CEO, CBS), Spanish


Peter Thiel
(CEO, PayPal), Philosophy


Sam Palmisano
(Pres/CEO, IBM), History


Carly Fiorina
(Fmr. CEO, Hewlett-Packard), Medieval History and Philosophy


Henry Paulson
(Fmr. Secty of the Treasury, Fmr. CEO, Goldman Sachs), English


Reid Hoffman
(Co-Founder, LinkedIn), Philosophy


Howard Schultz
(CEO, Starbucks), Communications


Ken Chenault
(CEO, American Express), History


James Dimon
(Pres/CEO, JPMorgan Chase), Psychology

 


Harold Varmus
(Nobel Laureate in Medicine, former NIH Director, Director, National Cancer Institute), English

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