Depends. If they have the skill set and work experience to do the job, yes. College is supposed to be about an education, not technical training. On the other hand, you don't want an English major designing a bridge, but if you're hiring for sales, business, finance, etc., what difference does it make?
I have a liberal arts degree and went for a job interview with a finance company - they tend to hire LA majors. There were about 30 of us there for the interview and we all introduced ourselves. 60% of them had finance/accounting/business degrees, the rest were from LA and assorted other backgrounds. After a little intro spiel on what they were looking for, they took us to a room to take a math test - amortizations, compounded interest, long division, percentages, and such, the kind of shite you do in finance. Of the 30 candidates, only about six of us passed the test. Only 2 of those six were finance/business/accounting majors.
That's not a knock against non-LA majors, but just an illustration of how many degrees don't translate into real-world applications. Funny that until the 1930s and 40s, "business schools" were the domain of for-profit school, like ITT Tech, Virginia College, and all those other joints that advertise on TV. Hell, an uncle of mine won what became Baylor University's business college in a mail-in sweepstakes, back in the early 1900s. Before 1950, most college graduates were liberal arts majors and they built American industry into the most powerful industrial economy in the world. Since the late 50s, business schools and their graduates have become integrated with the larger university community. American industry has also declined precipitously. I've no study to show that one caused the other, but it's an interesting correlation.
In short, Liberal Arts majors are critical thinkers and are capable of forming and articulating an informed, adjudged opinion - that's not to say that others can't, but that those skills are the primary goal of a liberal arts education. To your point, however, it is difficult to get your foot in the door at certain places when you have a Liberal Arts degree.
Here's a few Liberal Arts graduates to ponder: Harold Varmus
, a Noble-prize winner in Medicine for discovering the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes. Varmus holds a B.A. in English literature and a graduate degree in English before entering medical school. Jill Barad
, former CEO of Mattel Inc., one of the world's largest toy company with products like Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars. Jill graduated with degrees in English and Psychology. Carol M. Browner
, the longest-serving Administrator in the history of the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States. Graduated with a degree in English. Christopher Meloni
, an Emmi-nominated actor known for his roles on shows such as Law & Order, Special Victims Unit and Oz. He graduated with a degree in History. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
, a medieval history and philosophy major . Michael Eisner
, Walt Disney CEO, never took a single business course as he earned a double major in English and theater. Neal Rabin
, CEO Miramar Systems, majored in creative writing. Michael Dell
, founder and CEO of Dell Computer, was a pre-med biology major at the University of Texas before dropping out after his freshman year. Sue Kronick
, now group president of Federated Department Stores, majored in Asian studies. Her rise from a Bloomingdale's buyer was helped by understanding India's economic system so well that she found ways to slash the cost of imports. Howard Stringer
, CEO, Sony Corporation. Robert Johnson
, CEO, BET TV. James Kilts
, CEO, Gillette Corporation. Samuel Palmisano
, CEO, IBM Corporation. Ben Silverman
, Co-Chairman, NBC TV Other famous history majors
: George W. Bush, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Newt Gingrich, Antonin Scalia, George J. Mitchell, Anthony M. Kennedy, Elena Kagan, Eric Holder, Henry Kissinger, Bill O’Reilly, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Bradley, Grant Hill, Chris Berman, Wolf Blitzer, Lee Iacocca, Martha Stewart, Katharine Hepburn, Conan O'Brien, Lauryn Hill, Steve Carell, Edward Norton, Ellen Barkin, Jimmy Buffett, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Palin, Sacha Baron Cohen, Larry David, Ayn Rand Image: http://home.honolulu.hawaii.edu/~pine/libart/bz05a.gif
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