Carolyn Gregoire wrote an article in The Third Metric of the Huffington Post (1/30/14), espousing the values of a humanities education. She included some interesting quotes which alluded to:
- Not worrying about post college when you enter college
- That money is a bad way to measure the value of a college major, and
- Even more important, that college students should be encouraged to study something for which they have a natural talent.
There exists a stereotype called the broke-unemployed-humanities-major, but proponents of the humanities claim that “career-specific skills can often be learned on the job, whereas critical thinking and problem-solving skills are invaluable benefits of a humanities education” (The Third Metric, Huffington Post, 1/30/14). I thought I would challenge the stereotype by listing the names and area of study of some very successful humanities majors.
- Conan O’Brien, History and American Literature
- Ted Turner, Classics
- Mitt Romney, English
- J.K. Rowling, French and Classics
- Steven Spielberg, English
- Jon Stewart, Psychology
- Stewart Butterfield, Philosophy
- AND our own, Bob Ferguson, CEO and founder of Jaywalker, Theatre