Last week, Khara Cole, who graduated from UA with a degree in Public Relations and Religious Studies in 2013, lead current students in a career workshop. The casual meeting launched last year as an RSSA initiative and continued this year (organized by Prof. Vaia Touna). The presentation covered everything from resume structure to LinkedIn formatting, and even nonverbal communication during interviews.
Now there’s a rag-tag group of undergraduate liberal arts majors, if ever I saw one.
Samuel Alito, B.A. in Public & International Affairs (Princeton University 1972)
Stephen Breyer, B.A. in Philosophy (Stanford University, 1959)
Ruth Bader Ginzburg, B.A. in Government (Cornell University, 1954)
Elena Kagan, B.A. in History (Princeton University, 1981)
Anthony Kennedy, B.A. in Political Science (Stanford University, 1958)
John Roberts, A.B. in History (Harvard College, 1976)
Antonin Scalia, B.A. in History (Georgetown University, 1957) Sonia Sotomayor, B.A. in History (Princeton University, 1976)
Clarence Thomas, A.B. in English (Holy Cross, 1971)
They seem to have made something of themselves, given that they now get to decide on the parameters of our entire society; so maybe you can make something of yourself too, when you major in the Humanities. (This is the first in what will become an ongoing series, coz you never know who started out as a liberal arts major.)
Did you see this article in the New York Times‘ “Common Sense” column? A lot of people now seem to be measuring the worth of their investment in higher education in terms of the possibility of future earnings — their “return on investment.”
But what would happen if the return that concerned you was something else that’s empirically measurable and that’s likely pretty relevant to people too, something like, say, life expectancy? After all, earning potential is a speculative generalization based on a variety of factors well beyond your choice of undergraduate major (that is, there are unemployed and underpaid business grads out there, no?). So why not introduce a few other metrics into the speculative soup?
So the question is, what’s of value to you? And how do you measure it?
And while we’re asking question, I wonder what the author, James B. Stewart‘s undergrad degree was in since you can become a lawyer and then a journalist by majoring in all sorts of seemingly low paying areas in the Liberal Arts, right?