While parents, politicians, and pundits seem to be increasingly skeptical about the value of the liberal arts degree, my experience (and my research) shows otherwise.

I have an undergraduate degree in physics and a PhD in history. Now, there aren’t many jobs that require those specific degrees, but that hasn’t stopped me from succeeding in a number of fields. I’ve worked in management consulting and science policy, and now I do best practice research for university administrators. When I hire people, I don’t care what they majored in; I just want to know whether they’ve developed the...

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