“If you teach students one trade, that skill might be obsolete in a few years. But if you teach people how to think and look at lots of information and connect dots – all skills that a classic liberal education gives you – you will thrive.”
— Tech pioneer Vivek Ranadive in Forbes
“I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering. When the data is all being spit out for you for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data.”
— Software developer Mark Cuban on Bloomberg TV
“Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Texas, software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.”
— George Anders in Forbes
“Every graduate needs to know how to navigate through life without a syllabus. In an economy where jobs are increasingly threatened by automation, the future belongs to those graduates who possess ‘agency’ — who act with purpose and determination to drive themselves across a career map without clearly marked roads.”
— Jeffrey Selingo, author of “There Is Life After College”, in the Washington Post
From Disney to American Express, some of America’s biggest companies are driven by leaders who majored in things like history, sociology, and interdisciplinary studies.
“An analysis of 15,000 leaders in 18 countries … made a surprising discovery: Humanities graduates did better than MBAs in a number of areas essential to performing as a leader.”
— Fast Company
A nose for money alone might get you in the door, but those most likely to rise up the business ladder can think critically, write effectively, and understand the historical or cultural roots of the issues they face.
— The Atlantic
A new study suggests students who have close interaction with professors and deep philosphical discussions covering different viewpoints become better leaders and more ethical people. For icing, “the top factor associated with a six-figure salary was not college major but having taken a large share of classes outside one’s major.”
— Inside Higher Ed
“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” — the late Steve Jobs, tech entrepreneur