When I ask teenagers what they want to major in, I’m never surprised when many of them respond this way: I want to be a business major.
The most popular college major in America is business. According to federal statistics, 21% of undergrads leave college with a business degree.
That statistic drives me nuts. Contrary to conventional wisdom, students don’t need to major in business to succeed. Frankly, I believe students often enjoy a better chance at landing good jobs if they major in a liberal art like economics, history, chemistry, a foreign language, English lit or philosophy. If you missed it, I shared some thoughts about philosophy as a major a few days ago: Why Not Major in Philosophy.
Over at my other college blog at CBSMoneyWatch, I wrote a post yesterday about this obsession with business degrees. I hope you read the following post to get the real scoop on why a business degree isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be:
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller and a workbook, Shrinking the Cost of College: 152 Ways to Cut the Cost of a Bachelor’s Degree. Follow her on Twitter.