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

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

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


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

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