10 Successful People You Didn't Know Have Liberal Arts Degrees
Start writing a post
Student Life

10 Successful People You Didn't Know Have Liberal Arts Degrees

Getting a liberal arts degree doesn't mean that I won't be successful.

69
10 Successful People You Didn't Know Have Liberal Arts Degrees
Pexels

Throughout the years, degrees in the humanities and liberal arts (English, history, art, languages, philosophy, psychology, women's studies, etc.) have been generally looked down upon by society. They've been viewed as being worth less than degrees in areas like STEM, business, and medicine because those areas are the ones that will almost definitely lead to high-paying, sustainable jobs.

While people with liberal arts degrees don't always start out in the highest paying jobs right after college, a 2016 Wall Street Journal article found that "once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are earning an average $66,185...that’s about 3% ahead of the earnings pace for people with degrees in vocational fields such as nursing and accounting."

The fact that I'm getting a liberal arts degree doesn't mean that I'll never get a wonderful career or that I won't be successful. Take it from some of these people who you probably didn't know have liberal arts degrees:

1. Conan O'Brien - American History

Television host, producer, comedian

2. Natalie Portman - Psychology

Actress, producer, director

3. Joan Cusack - English

Actress

4. Steve Carell - History

Actor, comedian, writer, director, producer

5. Howard Schultz - Communications

Starbucks CEO, businessman

6. Mitt Romney - English

Politician, businessman

7. Michael Jordan - Geography

Former basketball player, businessman

8. Oprah Winfrey - Communications

Talk show host, producer, actress, entrepreneur, philanthropist

9. Ted Turner - Classics

Founder of CNN, businessman, philanthropist

10. Ricky Gervais - Philosophy

Comedian, writer, actor, producer, director, musician

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

58357
college students waiting in a long line in the hallway
StableDiffusion

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

37591
loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets
StableDiffusion

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less
Adulting

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

959209
Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

193455
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments